Robinson College: Old with New and Mistletoe too. (1)

I was very surprised to find a garden open for the National Garden Scheme on Monday 2nd January.  So with Christmas and New Year safely over for another year we set off on a bright but very cold day to  visit Robinson College, Cambridge. The first of my 90 garden challenge. None of the familiar … Continue reading Robinson College: Old with New and Mistletoe too. (1)

Trentham’s Capabilities (3)

Yesterday I was lucky to combine my visit to Staffordshire with a private garden tour at Trentham. An event organised to raise funds for the NGS; what better way to bring such a large public garden into the Scheme? Every garden tells a story and head gardener Carol was brilliant in giving us Garden History, … Continue reading Trentham’s Capabilities (3)

The Well Nourished Garden (4)

There was nothing to commend the weather today. We were promised rain and it came. Cloudy and with poor light the roads in Bedfordshire were dirty grey. In the centre of Ampthill we found the NGS signs pinned to the lamp posts brightly pointing the way to the King's Arms Garden and thank heavens, because … Continue reading The Well Nourished Garden (4)

A Garden Designer’s Garden (7)

Norfolk NGS last week launched their county booklet at the home of George Carter. Over 90 of us gathered which included many of the garden owners, sponsor and advertisers. Intrigued by what a designer might do on his own patch, so to speak, George Plumptre, NGS Chief Executive, having written articles on several gardens with … Continue reading A Garden Designer’s Garden (7)

Snowdrops, Spike and Baked Off at Welford Park (8)

Grey skies seem an endless trait at the moment and it was indeed a particularly dull day when I set off from London along the dreary M4 to visit Welford Park. Open for six weeks during the flowering period, today a Wednesday, was given over to the NGS. Was it perhaps a little too early … Continue reading Snowdrops, Spike and Baked Off at Welford Park (8)

Forty years on and still growing strong at Gable House (9)

After a wretched week of cold dull days Sunday 12th proved to be a killer. In snow, sleet and an easterly wind, I reluctantly set off in pursuit of Gable House, quite near to Beccles in Suffolk. Who on earth would want to visit a garden on such a day, even one that has been … Continue reading Forty years on and still growing strong at Gable House (9)

Dragons; a plantswoman’s garden. (10)

  My friend Lesley who is into garden antiques (limeavenueantiques.co.uk)  has found me the perfect bird bath for my garden. So last Wednesday I headed down to Essex to collect it and incorporated a visit to the nearby Dragons, a 3/4 acre garden near Chelmsford. Well, why would a garden be called Dragons? It is … Continue reading Dragons; a plantswoman’s garden. (10)