The holidays are
here, and with them comes a vast stretch of time to
eat, drink, and be merry. but if you get tired of that,
how about whiling away a few hours with our light-hearted
quiz? Test the limits of your horticultural knowledge,
and if you give up. the answers are at the bottom of
1. Which Flower Show was held under a new marquee this
2. What garden
feature has sparked so many neighbourly disputes that
the Government has got involved?
3. Who opened
the National Botanic Gardens of Wales on 24th May?
4. The French
celebrated which national holiday with a 375-mile picnic
5. What are scientists
developing that will be a delight to all lazy gardeners?
6. How is the
Severn Trent water authority attracting wild voles and
mice back to an area near Nottingham?
to Eden is an exhibition currently on view at the
National Portrait Gallery. Who is it celebrating?
8. Which vegetable
was strictly off the menu for the Queen's visit to Italy
9. Who wrote the classic children's book, The
10. Which season
is described by Keats as one of 'mists and mellow fruitfulness'?
11. Which tree
is Coleridge describing in these lines? 'I watch'd /
Some broad and sunny leaf, and lov'd to see / The shadow
of the leaf and stem above / Dappling its sunshine!'
12. Which season
is like 'a perhaps hand' and is 'mud-luscious' in e.
e. cummings poems?
13. Who compared
his love to a 'red, red rose'?
14. Who wrote
A Child's Garden of Verses?
15. Which flower
'countest the steps of the sun' in a poem by William
16. The author
of Age of Innocence and House of Mirth
also wrote Italian Villas and their Gardens.
What was her name?
17. In which film does Peter Sellers play a simple-minded
18. Which garden
was the backdrop for the British arthouse film The
19. Andy McDowell
plays a horticulturalist who falls in love with Gerard
Depardieu in which film?
the following film titles (the missing words are all
loosely related to gardening):
Singin' in the ..
The .. of My Secret
How .. was My Valley?
A ..'s Life
Gone with the ..
Purple .. of Cairo
21. In a famous
anonymous portrait of Charles II, the king is being
presented with which exotic fruit by his gardener, John
22. Which gardener's
boots are the subject of a painting by Sir William Nicholson,
which is in the collection of the Tate Gallery?
23. The flower
paintings of amateur artist Marianne North are on permanent
display in which botanic gardens?
24. Which northern
renaissance artist painted a beautifully detailed clump
25. Vita Sackville West and her husband Harold Nicholson
created which garden before moving on to the more famous
26. Which queen
is thought to have introduced the hollyhock to England?
27. Thomas Church
established the 'California School' of garden design.
In which city was his practice based?
28. Room Outside,
which promoted the idea of the garden as an extension
of the house, was the first book by which renowned British
29. Which Cornish
garden is undergoing the largest restoration of its
kind in Europe and will celebrate its 400th birthday
30. Which feature
of the gardens in Hampton Court was planted in 1768,
making it probably the oldest of its kind in the world?
31. In which
royal garden is there a miniature replica of a Welsh
cottage, which Queen Elizabeth II played in as a child?
1. Chelsea 2. Leylandii hedges 3. Prince Charles 4.
Bastille Day 5. No-mow grass 6. With houses made from
workmen's old leather boots 7. Women gardeners 8. Garlic
9. Frances Hodgson Burnett 10. Autumn 11. The lime tree
12. Spring 13. Robert Burns 14. Robert Louis Stevenson
15. Sunflower 16. Edith Wharton 17. Being There
18. Groombridge Place 19. Green Card 20. rain;
flower; green; bug; wind; rose 21. A pineapple 22. Sir
William Nicholson 23. Kew 24. Albrecht Durer 25. Long
Barn 26. Eleanor of Castile 27. San Francisco 28. John
Brookes 29. Heligan 30. The vine 31. Royal Lodge, Windsor
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