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gardening

The poet and the plantsman

In 1989 James Fenton startled his friends by moving to a derelict farm to set about making a spectacular garden. Now he has surprised them again by selling up. Julie Kavanagh talks to Fenton and friends – and his gardener, Mike Collins

How the garden grew

From Persian kings to Prince Albert: the paintings owned by generations of the British royal family shed light on the history of garden design