Welcome to my blog! Garden Visitor UK was dreamed up to share a love of gardens of all sizes. Although there is a wealth of garden visiting information available online, I hope this blog will enable me to share a ‘gardenadvisor’ report – personal findings and snippets that the official websites might not mention.
My name is Annette Warren and I have always enjoyed visiting gardens. I recall visiting RHS Wisley as a small child, collecting fallen rhododendron petals (fairy hats!) and racing up and down the rock garden (no Health and Safety risk assesments in those days!). My grandmother, Peggy was a great inspiration to me, her plant knowledge and love of gardens made a big impact and I still miss her beautiful garden in Dorking, Surrey.
There is nothing more special than discovering a new garden, no matter how large or small, and every month of the year brings new interest, from the stark shapes of winter with frost dusted topiary contrasting with soft ornamental grasses and brightly stemmed dogwood, to the Summer glory of the traditional English herbaceous border. Spring and autumn bring their own delights, with amazing bulbs and blossom earlier in the year and of course wonderful colour in the autumn.
In this blog I hope to share news of garden visits and other garden related trips up and down the United Kingdom and occasionally beyond. Of course no visit to a garden is complete without stopping for elevenses, lunch or afternoon tea and I will also be sharing ideas of places to eat and stay.
Visiting gardens is a pleasure for people of all ages and I hope to share not only the well loved gardens of the RHS and National Trust but also smaller and lesser known gardens and nurseries. I am a big supporter of the National Garden Scheme, a charity who invite garden owners to open their garden gates to the public with the annual proceeds being generously donated to nursing and care charities across the UK.
I am a full member of the Garden Media Guild and through this blog I have been lucky enough to forge a path into the world of garden journalism, having been commissioned to write for garden and home interest magazines (recent publications include The English Garden, Period Living and Real Homes).
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