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The purpose of this blog is to record my progress and perhaps to get some feedback and comments on what I'm doing right and wrong and to remind me how much I have actually achieved, when I really don't feel like I'm getting anywhere or moving as fast as I would wish.
In my head I'm still between 23 -
I’m interested in many aspects of horticulture: the people behind and history of some of our most famous gardens, the plant hunters who travelled the globe searching out new species, medicinal plants, horticultural therapy, planting design and grow your own. And garden photography. Especially garden photography. When not pottering in my own garden or visiting, photographing and writing about other people’s gardens, I’m studying for my RHS Level 2 exams.
I hope you enjoy my occasional posts.
My name is David Marsden and I’m a gardener. I tend two gardens: ‘The Old Forge’ sits in the South Downs National Park (warning, warning: cliché imminent) under a great bowl of sky; and in a quiet, partly wooded valley in the Sussex Weald lies ‘The Priory.’ It is this second enchanting place that features mostly in ‘The Anxious Gardener.’
I love the Priory and Old Forge dearly and was very fortunate indeed to land both jobs. But self-
I live at the east end of Berkshire, UK. After taking early retirement, my gardening hobby became an obsession. I like to grow unusual plants, and hope you will join me as I tell you about some of them, recount my hopes and disappointments, successes and failures.
Alternative Eden started off as an exotic gardening blog in 2010, documenting our gardening adventures as we developed our garden which has an exotic and tropical theme. It also served as a portal of the progress of our pond build which was completed in the spring of 2013.
With our full time careers progressing, increasingly becoming more demanding and time consuming, we have also found our interests diversifying, going beyond the realms of exotic gardening. And with this we have decided to let the blog follow us too, to go beyond its niche of exotic gardening and let it evolve and diversify as much as we have.
On 19th January 2014 we became the custodians of allotment plot 23D.
Our mission was simple: to dig, to grow, to harvest, to eat.
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He is also an award winning writer, a compelling speaker, frequent broadcaster and an elected member of the Council of the Royal Horticultural Society.
He has regular columns in Gardeners World magazine and Gardens Illustrated. He writes a blog for Fine Gardening in the USA and contributes a video diary to Crocus.
A Welsh Blog: showing the versatility of vegetables and fruits by sharing and creating delicious platefuls of food inspired by the many diverse 'ethnic' world cuisines from sweet to savoury! I have over 1500 vegetarian and vegan recipes. Please explore my culinary blog space with some honest random thoughts and things thrown in too.
My interests are trying to grow my own organic vegetables, cooking them creatively, then eating them, greedily in both savoury and sweet recipes, often vegan -