Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Yorkshire

Autumn is the most wonderful time to visit an arboretum and Thorp Perrow near Bedale in Yorkshire is truly one of the most lovely.  The estate is privately owned by the Ropner family whose ancestor, Sir William Ropner purchased the estate in 1927. Each generation of Ropners have made their mark at Thorp Perrow.  Currently... 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 →

Rockcliffe, Gloucestershire

A mellow Cotswold stone house sitting handsomely in surrounding parkland is most likely to be high on many people's list of 'dream house & garden' combinations. Situated near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, the garden at Rockcliffe is open only once or twice a year and is well worth a visit. The grassy steps leading up to... Continue Reading →

The CPH Garden Show, Copenhagen

Last weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to Copenhagen to visit the CPH Garden Show.  Organised by Danish garden society Haveselskabet (the Danish equivalent of the RHS), the four day show was blessed with glorious sunshine and a record number of visitors. People travelled from across Denmark and Sweden to attend.  Unlike England,... Continue Reading →

Cottesbrooke Gardens, Northamptonshire

  Cottesbrooke Hall and Gardens are open on Wednesdays and Thursdays which is not much good if one works full time!  Luckily the gardens are also open under the National Gardens Scheme once a year and we were lucky enough to be in the area at the right time this year. The Queen Anne house... Continue Reading →

The Moongate Garden, Sussex

It is hard to believe that the Moongate Garden in East Preston, Sussex in a little over 2 years old.  The garden has a 'Chelsea' element to it which is not surprising since it was designed in partnership with Nic Howard. The garden divides itself not only into two halves but also into sixteen separate... Continue Reading →

Hammerwood House, West Sussex (NGS)

Searching for a garden to visit in the Sussex Weald last weekend, we noticed in the NGS yellow book (have you got your copy yet?) that Hammerwood House, near Midhurst was open.   The bucolic approach to the property took in rolling hills and tiny narrow lanes dotted with picturesque cottages.  The house lies on... 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 →

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