It is always sad to leave a much loved garden. What are your thoughts when you have invested all those years into every inch of earth and then one day you will tend it no more. The day we moved in to our garden here it was the end of August, sunny and hopeful, and the lady who lived here before us left clutching just one rose, which she cut as she left. A favourite local garden has come up for sale which captures the imaginati
Save the date! Marian Boswall is going to give a garden tour of Long Barn Garden in Weald with Rebecca Lemonius (the current owner) and will be followed by a cream tea. The event, supported by Haller, will take place on Friday 19 September 2014, 11am to 1pm, with a minimum donation of £30 per person.
Old Alresford House We were delighted to be invited to talk to the Society of Garden Designers about our approach towards Historic Garden Conservation. Garden conservation and restoration are becoming more and more popular and extremely relevant to the garden design process. There is even a new category in the SGD Awards for Garden Restoration. The event was organised by the SGD South East at Old Alresford House, a Grade II* l
A beautiful sunny day for Great Dixter’s plant fair yesterday. And it’s still on today… I squeaked in just in time for Marina Christopher’s talk on Plants for Pollinators. Umbellifers were a key player. Here she is (below) showing a cow parsley – their more bitter scent appealing to flies more than butterflies, they are a valuable plant to attract overflies. She also pointed out that their hollow stem makes a good
There is a mythical sort of gardener that the ‘celebrity’ gardeners spin us – living an idyllic life of home grown home cooked food in a self decorated house surrounded by beautiful objects all made or found by loved ones. When the celebrities then offer us a catalogue of all these things to be found around them, and all for sale, the image tarnishes and the reader feels like a child who has bitten into a plastic s
Actually I lied about the Sunday – I would not willingly visit Sissinghurst on a Sunday. It is a hugely successful National Trust Flag Ship, and after a television programme last year which my JP grandmother would have described as ‘washing dirty linen in public’ and a naughty journalist called ‘Adam and Madam’, its popularity has even increased, with numbers up 20% last year! So no Sunday visitin
There is a little piece of the Secret Garden in all of us, a yearning for our own patch of peace and solitude, with just a few special friends, be they human or animal, and a smidgeon of order amongst the tangled beauty of a busy life. Frances Hodgson Burnett tried to find her way into the garden at Great Maytham Hall when she rented it 112 years ago. It was then a 1760’s Georgian manor house. Whilst exploring the badly
A quick visit to Hole Park today to see the magnificent Magnolias. Planted 40 years ago the star of the show has reached over 50 foot. They are open for the National Garden Scheme tomorrow, and will soon be open every day for a month for the Bluebell spectacular. Well worth at least one visit for each season. The view across the fountain pond to the windmill on the left and the cut through on the right. The entrance to the n