John Drake (1943–2012)

Fortunate are those who find their paradise on earth. John Drake found his, in a mountain valley in northeastern Turkey.
We are saddened to hear of the death of John Drake, September 2012


  • The highest heaven

    The alpine garden

    From Issue 13

    Fortunate are those who find their paradise on earth. This is the story of how John Drake and Liz Thompson found theirs, in a mountain valley in northeastern Turkey

  • Seven gardens for seven heavens

    From Issue 18

    A Turkish-inspired garden on the Cambridge Fens. Two Turkish passions meet in the late John Drake’s beautiful garden: a love of symmetry and an abundance of wild flowers. Here the garden historian acknowledged his debt to the Turkish ideal of paradise on earth

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