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)

Larch Cottage Nurseries, a treasure trove of ornaments and plants. (81)

Towards the end of September, not far from Penrith, in the village of Melkinthorpe, somewhere in the middle of the beautiful countryside of Cumbria, we found the gate open to a fantastical and unique nursery. An assembly of statue and ornament intermingled with plants greets us at the entrance and artfully built stone walls create … Continue reading Larch Cottage Nurseries, a treasure trove of ornaments and plants. (81)

Arley Hall, generations of creativity and stupendous herbaceous borders. (80)

Arley Hall, one of the original gardens to be opened for the NGS way back in 1927, opened its gates for the Scheme this year on the 6th August. The visitor is dwarfed by the immensely tall pleached lime avenue lining the approach to Arley Hall in Cheshire. Planted in 1856, I wonder at having … Continue reading Arley Hall, generations of creativity and stupendous herbaceous borders. (80)

The Barn, a fine arboretum in Norfolk. (79)

This simple gate is the entrance to an impressive arboretum, open this Sunday 22nd October 10am - 3pm it is situated at Framingham Earl just 3 miles south east of Norwich. There are 14 hectares (34 acres) here of a great collection of trees originally laid out by Dr Edward Rigby a physician and surgeon in Norwich. … Continue reading The Barn, a fine arboretum in Norfolk. (79)

Cogshall Grange, Georgian with a contemporary touch. (78)

I could not resist visiting this garden designed by Tom Stuart-Smith when it opened for the NGS back at the beginning of August. Surrounding a country house situated just north of Nantwich in Cheshire, Cogshall Grange was built in the 1830s and was purchased in 2004 by the present owner who refurbished the buildings. The first … Continue reading Cogshall Grange, Georgian with a contemporary touch. (78)

Burmington Grange, where hedges, terrace and thistles triumph on a stormy day. (77)

It was a dark threatening sky descending over Burmington Grange on a Saturday last month. Burmington is a small rural village with a population of just 164 and is situated a few miles from Shipston-on-Stour. Garden owner Patrick who greeted us at the gate, thought I was coming on a bike and although staying with … Continue reading Burmington Grange, where hedges, terrace and thistles triumph on a stormy day. (77)

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

I thought we might enjoy a revisit to Frogmore ahead of Her Majesty the Queen’s appearance today on Radio 4 Gardener’s Question Time at 3.00pm

The Garden Gate is Open

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…….

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…..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 for the NGS for a noble 71 years. The rain did not seem to deter the visitor and many hundreds who had purchased pre-booked tickets braved the weather.DSCF1669

I was overwhelmed with the unexpected welcome awaiting me. Heather, County Organiser extraordinaire for Berkshire, Trustee AND Deputy Chairman of the NGS, was waiting for me and with her big smile she held up the notice she had prepared:

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We joined the garden history tour and gathering under a huge old crusty Indian bean tree, Catalpa bignonioides,  we stood for a sobering reflective minute silence remembering…

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Church View, Appleby-in-Westmoreland; Terraced and colourful. (76)

Often, I am able to find a garden open which fits into my travel plans and helps break a long  journey. Driving North on our way to the River Tay last Saturday, there was very conveniently a garden open, just off the A66 at Appleby-in-Westmoreland. I love this time of year, so often blue skies … Continue reading Church View, Appleby-in-Westmoreland; Terraced and colourful. (76)