Wakehurst, Sussex

Wakehurst is a pleasingly placed botanic garden, situated only a few miles from Gatwick and easily accessible from the M23.  Visiting gardens in winter usually means fewer crowds but on this bright February day there were a huge number of families and visitors enjoying the space and freedom that Wakehurst provides. Owned by the National... 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 →

Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire

As a South East of England dweller, I'm accustomed to National Trust properties being over-run with visitors, car-parks bursting at the seams and having to wait for a table in a tea room. Not so in quieter parts of England, such as Northamptonshire. It came as something of a surprise to note that Canons Ashby... 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 →

The Danish garden of Claus Dalby

It was a great privilege to be invited to Denmark to visit the garden of celebrated gardener & publisher Claus Dalby. Situated in Risskov, the garden sits mainly to the front of the elegant 100 year old house where an explosion of colour at the end of the lime avenue beside the house invites you... Continue Reading →

Woodcot, Salcombe

'That tree' overlooking the estuary at Salcombe is a much-loved landmark & situated in the grounds of Woodcot, a listed Georgian house perched high above the town. Set in glorious and floriferous grounds, the house (divided into flats) opens its gardens each summer to raise money for the local minibus. An apron of lawn surrounds... 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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