Thenford: The Creation of an English Garden

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Thenford: The Creation of an English Garden

Thenford: The Creation of an English Garden

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For now, they’re describing the consequences of their great project’s exposure to the world with some of the same reluctance.

Oh, God, the little man who’s slightly in disgrace now, but I imagine that’s why she was given the job. In their own words, Michael and Anne Heseltine describe the ups and downs of how they set about transforming and expanding a wild, overgrown and often dilapidated woodland into the magnificent garden they have today. I don’t mean to be crass, but Michael Heseltine’s loo is an actual throne: a gigantic wooden chair with arms and a wicker seat that you have to lift to discover its true purpose. All structured data from the main, Property, Lexeme, and EntitySchema namespaces is available under the Creative Commons CC0 License; text in the other namespaces is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. I run my hand over the list of questions about the state of the Conservative party and her husband’s forceful interventions in the Brexit debate that I’ve written down on my way here, smile back, and try to think of something intelligent to say about snowdrops.

The photograph exudes an air of anticipation and possibility as Anne stands poised and elegant in her attire, embodying both strength and grace. That day marked the start of a 40-year odyssey which has seen Lord Heseltine, whose mane of blond hair and swashbuckling style earnt him the nickname ‘Tarzan’ in the 1970s, transform the 70 acres of land surrounding the Northamptonshire mansion from an overgrown jungle of weeds and silted-up ponds – ‘the grounds had been neglected for most of the 20th century’ says the former deputy prime minister – into a series of distinctive landscaped gardens, each with its own particular character. Anne Heseltine wife of Michael Heseltine MP pictured in November 1990 when it was thought her husband might take over from Mrs Thatcher resulting in a mirror image of her being installed at No. I should, I hear myself saying, have asked the question a friend once advised me would get an interesting response out of anyone: have you ever thrown a punch? Among the mainly modern British sculptures on show are Elisabeth Frink’s naked Standing Man (‘he’s the husband of an acquaintance of mine’, she comments) and Philip Jackson’s Reading Chaucer (a young woman in a medieval gown and pointed hat seated on a bench with a book).

The value of original Press Photos prints has been steadily increasing in value and is expected to to continue doing so. At the thought, I surmise, of large family groups with screaming toddlers and a pram carving its way across the grass, a cloud crosses Michael’s face. They are here to talk about the garden, which they love fiercely, and they are not that interested in discussing anything else – certainly not politics, as we have seen (although they will, after a slight hesitation, reveal the time that Michael punched a drunk in the face). So there's that wonderful moment when there are primroses, snowdrops and forgetmenots altogether in the spring garden, and it’s suddenly a sea of bloom.Now Anne, too, has a distinctly sceptical look; despite the tea and biscuits recently provided by a servant summoned by telephone, the atmosphere has chilled. At that moment, in the driveway visible through the window behind her, I see a rangy 83-year-old in corduroy trousers and purple socks, his luxuriant hair buffeted by the wind, whistling past in a golf buggy. I very much hope that one of the lessons we as a nation will learn from the last couple of years is the therapeutic effects of gardens and greenery. Do you remember, when we lived at Wilton Crescent, we used to walk back from the House of Commons with your heavies, and presumably they weren’t doing their stuff this time. Read more the creation of an English garden that you are ever likely to have the privilege of reading .



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