Kettle Hill, Tamara’s Triumph (43)

Last Wednesday I visited Kettle Hill, situated high on a hilltop on the North Norfolk coast at Blakeney,  It was an event organised by the Norfolk Gardens Trust, an interesting body set up in 1988 concerned with the preservation of gardens and landscapes within the county http://www.norfolkgt.org.uk. The garden looked glorious on this last day … Continue reading Kettle Hill, Tamara’s Triumph (43)

College Farm, fields and fine views. (44)

It was on a sunny day in late May that I visited College Farm, Haddenham, not far from Ely in Cambridgeshire. Described in the Handbook as having walks, gallery and a sculpture cattle yard, it was looked to be an artist's home. A well organised operation was in force for car parking and, having left … Continue reading College Farm, fields and fine views. (44)

Frogmore House and Garden; Wet, Windy and Forty Five. (45)

The rain was torrential last Tuesday and our windscreen wipers were going nineteen to the dozen as we drove down the M4.  Familiar yellow signs guided us through Windsor....... .....and in spite of the weather the garden gate was wide open at Frogmore. Open for charity just 3 days a year, they have been opening … Continue reading Frogmore House and Garden; Wet, Windy and Forty Five. (45)

The Charterhouse, charming and cheerful. (46)

The Charterhouse is an old almshouse situated in Charterhouse Square in the City of London. Evening openings with the NGS are fun and with the promise of a BBQ, how can one resist? It has a rich history; Carthusian monastery, wealthy nobleman's house, almshouse and school. The Brothers were originally those who could supply ‘good … Continue reading The Charterhouse, charming and cheerful. (46)

Brockhampton Cottage; terraces, wild flower meadows and spectacular views.(47)

A new Sat Nav which I have recently bought for my Mini has changed my life. Hours of getting miserably lost down country roads is a thing of the past and accompanied by the pleasant sounding voice of Connie (for that is the name I have given her), with my travelling friends Jill and Cherry, … Continue reading Brockhampton Cottage; terraces, wild flower meadows and spectacular views.(47)

Grendon Court; grasses, parterre and a majestic Tulip Tree.(48)

A combined opening with Brockhampton Cottage (47) and just a few miles away is Grendon Court near Ross-on-Wye, another garden designed by Tom Stuart-Smith. We drive right up through the old farmyard to park the car in the field on the other side of the house and so enter the garden through the tall hedges … Continue reading Grendon Court; grasses, parterre and a majestic Tulip Tree.(48)

Rhodds Farm; planned to perfection and richly planted. (49)

I was very fortunate to be able to stay with Richard and Cary Goode at Rhodds Farm in Herefordshire. They have lived there since 2004 when they renovated the house and converted the farm buildings. Cary studied garden design some years earlier at the English Gardening School and has been responsible for creating this beautiful … Continue reading Rhodds Farm; planned to perfection and richly planted. (49)

The Grange at Heydon, white and whimsical. (50)

The Norfolk NGS team is fortunate to have a volunteer photographer who takes pictures of the open gardens for the booklet and website. From time to time it is necessary to update the portfolio. So I joined Simon the photographer and Graham the press officer on a visit to The Grange at Heydon ahead of … Continue reading The Grange at Heydon, white and whimsical. (50)

Upper Tan House, totally idyllic, roses and reed beds. (52)

Not far from Leominster in the country lanes of Herefordshire the garden gate swung open at Upper Tan House. It is a compact garden of one and half acres in a beautiful setting and containing a little bit of just about everything. James and Caroline moved here from London some 21 years ago. Unable to … Continue reading Upper Tan House, totally idyllic, roses and reed beds. (52)