Gravetye Manor is a country house hotel deep in the Sussex countryside. The garden is open for all residents, those who visit just for a meal and pre-booked tours. We went for afternoon tea on Saturday. The sky was grey and the clouds looked as though rain was being threatened. It stayed away fortunately and … Continue reading Lupins and Alliums at Gravetye Manor, East Grinstead
I have always thought as a solitary occupation, it is easier to go for a walk with a dog. somehow it's less obvious that you are on your own. Today I realised that another acceptable solitary occupation is carrying a tripod when taking photos. Who wants to hang around waiting while your companion is … Continue reading Autumn Tints at High Beeches Garden
I had never heard of Furzey Gardens in Hampshire until this year’s 2012 Chelsea Flower Show, where they won a Gold Medal for their Garden, designed by Chris Beardshaw. The Minstead Training Project is a sister charity to Furzey Gardens. It provides residential care and horticultural training to young people with learning difficulties. It is … Continue reading Furzey Gardens: Developing independence and skills for the learning disabled.
There is something special about having an interesting, and different, garden near enough to be able to visit it regularly. Sussex Prairie Garden is certainly different and interesting. I have written a couple of posts about this garden, mainly because of its development throughout the year. It never looks the same from one visit to … Continue reading The Grass is as High as an Elephant’s Eye… Nearly
Two months ago, I re-read ‘The Secret Garden’ written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. At the same time I did a spot of research into the writer, and discovered that Great Maytham Hall was the inspiration for her famous book and that the gardens were open to the public through the National Garden Scheme on 20 and … Continue reading Great Maytham Hall, Rolvenden, Kent : A Secret Garden
This wonderful poem was written by Rudyard Kipling. Today I visited Bateman's, a National Trust property, in Burwash, East Sussex. This was the home of Rudyard Kipling from 1902 until his death in 1936. Along with a number of famous poems and books, he also wrote the poem "The Glory of the Garden". I felt … Continue reading The Glory of the Garden: Bateman’s, Nr Burwash, East Sussex