Watergate House, Fordwich: A Modern Romantic Garden

The town of Fordwich has the distinction of being the smallest in England. Situated on the River Stour, which connects Canterbury with the English Channel, it was to Fordwich that the Normans shipped tonnes of pale Caen stone to build the city’s cathedral. At Watergate House the precious cargo arrived safely on English soil after […]

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Trengwainton Gardens, Cornwall

From a very early age my parents took me and my sister to visit gardens. I like to think the reason was to cultivate our interest in flowers and plants, but as one follower of this blog commented recently (with reference to another Cornish garden, Trebah), it was probably to keep us both from wreaking havoc […]

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Glorious Goodnestone, Part III: The Walled Garden

The British love a walled garden: solid, enclosed and often romantic, they are private spaces where a lucky few get to garden and where visitors can appreciate their labours. In the 21st Century those that remain are mainly cultivated as decorative fruit, vegetable and cut flower gardens. Those attached to hotels and National Trust properties […]

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Daily Statue Candy: Neptune

This is Neptune, standing proud above the entrance to the walled gardens at Wallington, Northumberland. He has many fine attributes, including his trident and crown. However it would be churlish to ignore his superbly pert bottom. One can’t help but wonder where he’s planning to hide that key!

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Tintinhull, Somerset – A Formal Garden, Informally Planted

For many British garden buffs, Tintinhull needs little introduction. Nestling deep in the Somerset countryside this “small” garden (just less than 2 acres) is a tour de force of planting design. Tintinhull was created by Phyllis Reiss between 1933 and 1961 and has been in the capable hand of the National Trust since 1954. Between […]

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The Perfect Cure for a Hangover? Easton Walled Gardens, Lincolnshire

Having partied until the small hours, and feeling just a little bit hung over, we weren’t exactly sure if we were up to getting out of bed today, let alone visiting gardens. However, the sun was out and there was a nice warm breeze, so we stopped half way home to blow the remaining cobwebs […]

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