The Old Rectory, Bletchingly, Surrey. An NGS gem.

  The Old Rectory, Bletchingly is the sort of NGS garden that everyone hopes to stumble across.  The property comprises a handsome honeyed stone Georgian house set amidst country meadows and it is hard to believe that the busy M23 and Gatwick airport are a mere stone's throw away. Approached via a narrow tree-lined lane,... Continue Reading →

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

The Chelsea Flower Show 2018 is finally here and nobody could have wished for better weather.  With a mainly warm and sunny outlook for the week, my blog features a snippet of what to expect if you are lucky enough to have a ticket.  Here's a selection of my favourites.....   The David Harber and... 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 →

The Ascot Spring Garden Show

The inaugural Ascot Spring Garden Show starts today.  What can visitors expect from this new event?  One thing is for sure; the weather has not what the organisers, garden designers and stall holders had hoped for in the run up to the event.  Heavy rain and lower than average temperatures have been distinctly unspring-like but... Continue Reading →

Corfu in Spring

It has been a long held ambition to visit the Greek island of Corfu in springtime.  The wildflowers and lush greenness of the island have captivated so many and the early months, before the crowds arrive are a great time to explore the island. Corfu is the northern-most of the Ionian Islands with the north... Continue Reading →

Vann, Hambledon, Surrey

  Beyond Guildford, at the outermost edges of leafy Surrey lie the winding narrow lanes that lead to Vann, a 16th Century house sitting comfortably within its 5 acres of garden which are opened regularly for the National Gardens Scheme. Dating back to the 16th Century, the expansive house has an Arts and Crafts flavour... Continue Reading →

Snowdrops at Thenford, Northamptonshire

    Thenford gardens and arboretum are seldom open to the public so it was a privilege indeed to be able to take a look around the gardens in winter to admire the 555 varieties of snowdrops. Gardener Emma Thick (known on Twitter as the snowdrop lady) is an extraordinary galanthophile, so committed to her... Continue Reading →

Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire

  Waterperry Gardens was established in 1932 by Beatrix Havergal as the Waterperry School of Horticulture, a residential horticultural college for women which existed until 1971. Only a 10 minute drive from the M40, the approach to the gardens is through the delightful village of Waterperry. Parking is directly beside the plant centre which you... Continue Reading →

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