Ev­ery­thing in the gar­den is lovely

Spotlight - - FROM THE EDITOR - INEZ SHARP, EDI­TOR-IN-CHIEF i.sharp@spot­light-ver­lag.de

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).

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