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 →

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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 →

Lincolnshire gardens

  What an unexpectedly beautiful county Lincolnshire is. On a blisteringly hot July weekend we made our way to the North East to see what gardens lay in store. Hall Farm Gardens in Harpswell, near Gainsborough is a 3 acre delight, centred around the former farmhouse.  Owners Pam and Mark have created the garden from... Continue Reading →

RHS Hyde Hall

  RHS Hyde Hall is situated in the flat Essex countryside near Chelmsford and conveniently only about a half hour drive from the M25. Previously owned and gardened by Dr and Mrs Robinson, the former farm did not originally lend itself to horticulture due to the exposed, windswept site, not to mention the heavy clay... Continue Reading →

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire is quite rightly a popular destination for garden and history lovers alike.  The title of Palace is a worthy one given its splendour and pomp. The Palace, built between 1705 and 1722 is complimented by formal gardens designed by Henry Wise and a water parterre designed by Achille Duchêne. With landscaped... Continue Reading →

Wonderful Wisley!

RHS Wisley is surely one of the most popular and enduring gardens in England. Easily accessible from the M25 and A3, this garden is less than an hour from central London. Each visit to Wisley brings fresh excitement with superb year round planting and the splendour of the famous rockery is a real draw, with it's... Continue Reading →

“galanthophile”- an enthusiastic collector of snowdrops. Great Comp Garden in Sevenoaks, Kent hosts their first ‘Snowdrop Sensation’ event.

Great Comp Garden, near Sevenoaks is a wonderfully varied  garden spanning some 7 acres with something for everyone including woodland walks, a glorious Italianate garden and even romantic ruins! Great Comp was created by Roderick and Joy Cameron who moved to Great Comp in 1957, opening the gardens to the public for charity in the... Continue Reading →

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