Everything in the garden is lovely
Have I mentioned before that I have a garden? It’s small, only a few square metres, but I am extremely attached to it. There is a little rose arbour where I sit and work, an area I like to call my lawn, and a vegetable patch. This year, for the very first time, I managed to grow some beans and tomatoes. OK, so the sticks that held up the tomatoes fell down, and the mint that was meant to be harvested for cocktails has run rampant. Never mind. Working with earth and plants gives one a sense of being — excuse the pun — grounded. This was on my mind as I walked around Sheringham Park, Hidcote Gardens and the Beth Chatto Gardens in June for our British garden special. Each one is lovely in its own way, and the happy faces of the visitors made me think that you don’t have to own a garden to enjoy the benefits of it. I hope a little of this will rub off on you when reading “The glory of the garden”, which begins on page 14.
Donald Trump, who has been in the White House since January 2017, has split the United States into those who believe he is doing the right thing for the country and those who believe his policies are causing irreparable damage to internal and external relations. Journalist Colm Flynn travelled across the southern United States, the president’s heartland, to find out what people think of the administration. Hear what they had to say in “A road trip through Trump country” (pp. 36–45).