These are the words – first printed in Resurgence more than a decade ago – of Kenneth Ashburner, plant hunter, landscaper, botanist and gardener, who co-created the Mythic Garden in the foothills of Dartmoor with his wife, former gallery-owner June.

“It is the power of this spell which we cannot understand; and perhaps it is futile to try to, beyond revering it and recognising that there is something deep in our psyche which responds, and responds in such a positive way we find healing and peace,” he added.

Now home to the national collections of both birch and alder, all grown ...


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