Horatio’s Garden at Stoke Mandeville

The Garden Gate was open wide for the new Horatio's Garden at the spinal unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital Horatio's Garden Horatio's Garden is one of the beneficiary charities of The National Garden Scheme, and several of us were privileged to be able, at the official opening last Sunday, to mingle amongst the amazing patients and … Continue reading Horatio’s Garden at Stoke Mandeville

T’was the week before Christmas. (*****)

T'was the week before Christmas I’d finished the year Ninety great gardens so far and so near The stockings were hung on the gateposts with care In the hope that the NGS raised such good fare All gardeners now were so snug in their beds With visions of plum trees that danced in their heads … Continue reading T’was the week before Christmas. (*****)

42 Falconer Road, all a twinkle in Bushey. (88)

When I began my Ninety Garden Adventure back in January, I did not imagine that there would still be gardens opening in November. The entry in Gardens to View appeared encouraging if not a little intriguing especially with the opening time advertised as 4pm. I could not resist a visit on my circuitous route to London. The … Continue reading 42 Falconer Road, all a twinkle in Bushey. (88)

Lakeside House, a welcome and watery restoration. (87)

The calendar of garden visiting is on pause now, and with the skiing season fast approaching one of the gardens I look back at with fondness, is the extraordinary garden at Brundall, once known as 'The Switzerland of Norfolk'. The garden was created in 1880 by a Dr Beverley who, along with planting an arboretum, … Continue reading Lakeside House, a welcome and watery restoration. (87)

Ramster, open for 90 glorious years. (86)

I cannot draw to the end of my 'ninety' without including the historic rambling wooded gardens of Ramster in Surrey.  It was one of the original 609 gardens that opened for the NGS back in 1927 and has opened every successive year since. It is the only other garden along with Sandringham to hold such … Continue reading Ramster, open for 90 glorious years. (86)

Great Comp Garden, follies fun and salvias. (84)

Great Comp is near Sevenoaks in Kent. The seven acre garden was developed by Eric and Joyce Cameron who purchased the house back in 1957 and first opened for the NGS in 1968. Now it is managed by a Trust, with the Curator William Dyson and a team of gardeners and volunteers. Dyson has been … Continue reading Great Comp Garden, follies fun and salvias. (84)

Askham Hall, artful acres of abundance. (83)

Last month following a visit to Larch Cottage Nursery  in Cumbria (blog 79) we decided to visit the grade II listed gardens of nearby Askham Hall on the Lowther estate. You enter the garden through the homely cafe situated in the converted Barn; it is always a good idea to begin a garden visit with … Continue reading Askham Hall, artful acres of abundance. (83)

Walkern Hall; Tiny Flowers and Tall Trees. (11)

I have travelled a few miles in the car over the last couple of months and I enjoy looking at the countryside rolling past. But what really upsets me is the layers of rubbish littered along the roadside. What I think might be snowdrops turns out to be discarded wrappers or cans. A glimpse of … Continue reading Walkern Hall; Tiny Flowers and Tall Trees. (11)

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)