Wappenham NGS Open Gardens

If you happen to live in Northamptonshire or Oxfordshire you may possibly have heard of Wappenham, but I would like to bet that not many people know of this village's existence.  It's a tiny village - sadly no pub or shop but what it does have is a number of jolly nice gardens. We were... Continue Reading →

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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens, Norfolk

East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens, near North Walsham on the Norfolk coast is snugly protected from the prevailing North Sea winds by extensively planted trees and walled areas, creating a sheltered wonderland for the visitor to explore.  It is hard to imagine such delights given that the surrounding land is windswept fields overlooking the sea,... 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 →

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