Publishing is a difficult arena to enter these days, but thanks to the internet, you can at least appear in Cyberspace if not in actual print. I write the occasional article; here's a list of my recent ones, which will be added to over the course of time. 

Abstract: this article looks at the plant forms which appear in the architecture of the ancient world -

Abstract: a (very) brief history of the maze in garden history -

Abstract: the many uses of water (practical, decorative and symbolic) in the gardens of Mughal India -


Several of my talks have been recorded by the University of Bath as part of their Public Learning Programme; they can be downloaded from this site:

As from March 2013, part of the text of "A Nice Cup of Tea". will be used as part of the "Pearson Test" - a test carried out by speakers of other languages to assess their understanding of the English language and their suitability for entry to an English-speaking university course, either here or in their native country.  I am, of course, extremely pleased and flattered that the clarity of my text has been recognised in this way. 


The Snake's Head Fritillary
(Fritilaria meleagris)
("meleagris = "dice", the chequered flowers resembling a chequered gaming board)
A Roman introduction to the British Isles