Country Life 28 February 2024

Country Life 28 February 2024 reveals Britain's favourite dogs, tells the tale of Knebworth Garden Village and visits the gardens at Pembury Hall.

Here’s a look at some of what you’ll find inside.

And they called it puppy love

From perfect poodles to the loyal and lovable labrador, our dogs are close to our hearts. Victoria Marston reveals the nation’s favourite breeds down the decades

Robert Hardman’s favourite painting

The author chooses a glorious work that irritated a former PM

How does your garden village grow?

The hand of Lutyens is still in evidence at Knebworth Garden Village in Hertfordshire, but new development plans threaten to ruin its character, finds Clive Aslet

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New for old

Tiffany Daneff visits Pembury Hall in Kent and finds that an overgrown garden has been reinvented for a new generation

Kitchen garden cook

Melanie Johnson finds earthy celeriac comes into its own alongside some strong flavours

I left my soul there, down by the sea

Riding a wave of fond childhood memories, John Lewis-Stempel is mesmerised by seashells and seaweed on the seashore

The brush of an angel

Matthew Dennison reveals how Angelica Kauffman overcame petty 18th-century bias to be regarded as ‘possibly the most cultured woman in Europe’

And much more