Gravetye Manor, Sussex

Gravetye Manor, on the Kent/Sussex border was built in 1598 and is a fine example of Elizabethan architecture.  It was bought in 1885 by William Robinson, an early advocate of the naturalistic planting style that has since been copied in gardens across the world.  During his time at Gravetye, Robinson created the sloping gardens to... Continue Reading →

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The Picton Garden and Old Court Nurseries, Malvern

Situated in the shadow of the Malvern Hills, the Old Court Nurseries and Picton Garden are a family-run treasure that have evolved over three generations. Established in 1906 by Ernest Ballard, an early breeder of Asters, the garden was taken over by Percy Picton in 1947 who managed the garden for nearly ten years before... Continue Reading →

Bridge Nursery, Napton, Warwickshire

Bridge Nursery in Napton, Warwickshire is one of those places that is frequently advertised as being open under the National Gardens Scheme and yet I never seem to have managed to visit!  Until now, that is, and I am so glad that I finally made the trip. Napton is derived from the old English cnaepp meaning 'hilltop'... Continue Reading →

Wappenham NGS Open Gardens

If you happen to live in Northamptonshire or Oxfordshire you may possibly have heard of Wappenham, but I would like to bet that not many people know of this village's existence.  It's a tiny village - sadly no pub or shop but what it does have is a number of jolly nice gardens. We were... Continue Reading →

Moroccan gardens near Taroudant

The walled city of Taroudant lies in the Sous Valley in South West of Morocco.  Overlooked by both the Atlas and Anti Atlas mountains, this ancient city is often compared to Marrakesh.  We were in the area to take a look around some of the private gardens in Taroudant, many of them designed by French... Continue Reading →

Little Court, Crawley, Hampshire

Thousands of crocus tommasinianus are the main reason for a February garden visit to Little Court garden in the pretty village of Crawley near Winchester in Hampshire.  Owner Patricia Elkington has been opening in aid of  the National Garden Scheme since 1984 and this year she will be generously welcoming visitors from February to June.... Continue Reading →

Wollerton Old Hall Garden

Wollerton Old Hall near Shrewsbury, Shropshire is a 16th Century house, embellished with beams and oozing history and character.  The gardens are approached via a tree-lined gravel drive which ends with a flourish in front of the Tudor house, where innumerable pots and containers are planted with exuberant colour. Wollerton Old Hall has been home... Continue Reading →

Le Jardin de Cactus, Lanzarote

Occasionally I like to review a garden outside the United Kingdom and a recent trip to Lanzarote revealed to me that this little island is not just a holiday destination for people wanting sunshine & sangria. The former home of landscape designer and artist, César Manrique, Lanzarote serves as a portfolio to the talented Manrique whose... Continue Reading →

Pascal Cribier garden, Newbury, Berkshire

Woolton House Garden is the only garden in the UK designed by the late Pascal Cribier whose designs were influenced by botanical & Mughal gardens.  The walled part of the garden at Woolton House was commissioned in 2004 and is designed to reflect the style of Mondrian paintings.  Cribier's best known work is the restoration of... Continue Reading →

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