Chilworth Manor, Surrey

Lady Heald (1904-2004), huge supporter and former Chairman of the NGS and resident at Chilworth Manor for more than 40 years used to preside over her open garden days when the genteel Surrey manor opened its garden gates to the public. Happily, the new owners of this gorgeous slice of England are following suit and... Continue Reading →

Petersham Open Gardens

How many of us must have driven along the narrow road through Petersham, Surrey enroute to Richmond and admired the stately Georgian town houses and quaint cottages, wondering what lay behind them?  All was revealed on Sunday 22nd May when Petersham Village opened 12 of its private gardens to the public to raise funds for... Continue Reading →

NGS spring gardens prove surprising

Many people might associate the NGS (National Gardens Scheme) with hazy summer days, overflowing borders and cream teas under a parasol on the lawn.  Not quite so, and the NGS, as well as raising millions of pounds for British care charities in fact promotes gardens open throughout the year. DAFFODILS AT DACHS, WEST SUSSEX With daffodils... Continue Reading →

Painshill landscape Garden

    Now here's a garden that does exactly what it says on the tin (or so to speak).  Painshill Landscape Garden conjures up images of sweeping grass, water graced with bridges and overlooked by trees.  I am pleased to report that it is exactly that and more. Inspired by renaissance art following several 'grand... Continue Reading →

Wisley Gardens – A wintery visit

Butterflies and snowmen in one place?  Only at RHS Wisley a couple of weeks ago when a light dusting of snow coincided with 'butterflies in the glasshouse' at the well known RHS gardens in Surrey.  It was clear from arrival that a great number of visitors were expected, evident from the number of car-park attendants and... Continue Reading →

Lamport Hall, Northamptonshire

Deep in the heart of leafy Northamptonshire lies Lamport Hall, an Italianate Mansion set amidst 10 acres of gorgeous gardens within its own parkland. I had not heard of Lamport Hall since it is not owned by the National Trust or English Heritage and is definitely off the beaten track, although it does promote itself locally... Continue Reading →

Wonderful Kent!

What a glorious late August weekend we chose to visit the garden of England.  Kent is so often overlooked as merely a channel tunnel and ferry terminal, and yet this beautiful Eden is resplendent in the finest farmland, hop fields and orchards with quintessential villages abound.  Purposely ditching the SatNav, we relied on the good... Continue Reading →

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