Living: A Nation of Gardeners

Britain this summer is pretty bloomin' bloomin'

God Almighty first planted a garden; and, indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures ... men come to build stately sooner than to garden finely; as if gardening were the greater perfection.

So wrote English Essayist Francis Bacon in 1625. For centuries his countrymen have been doing their best to turn their rocky little island into a facsimile of Eden. England is a nation of gardeners, and at no time has the national green thumb been more visible. The English Tourist Board has declared 1979...

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