Garden blogging, Garden Visits, Saga Holiday

Summer Gardens of Dorset – Day Three

A coach tour of six gardens in three days is just enough, I feel all gardens-out now. It has been a really wonderful holiday, meeting interesting people, eating lots of cake, drinking copious cups of tea and coffee as well as a lot of laughs playing impomtu very silly games in the evening.  The last… Continue reading Summer Gardens of Dorset – Day Three

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Summer Gardens of Dorset – Day Two

Abbotsbury, Sub-tropical Gardens Before I started this garden tour I told friends that one of the gardens was Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens the first reaction of those who had been there was "Oh, you'll love it!". They were not wrong. The weather was a mixed bag - just right for wandering around but it was misty… Continue reading Summer Gardens of Dorset – Day Two

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Summer Gardens of Dorset – Day One

Last year in July I went on my first Saga holiday to the Peak District on tour of six restored gardens and blogged about it when I returned home: A Garden Restoration Story. This year I decided to book myself on another of their special interest breaks and am in Bournemouth visiting six Dorset gardens.… Continue reading Summer Gardens of Dorset – Day One

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West Dean Gardens Victorian Glasshouses

It is a pretty good bet that anyone visiting West Dean Gardens, near Chichester, will make for the Victorian Glasshouses no matter whether this is their first or one of many visits. On our recent visit we headed to the newly restored nectarine house. The beautiful Glasshouses in West Dean were built in 1890 and… Continue reading West Dean Gardens Victorian Glasshouses

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Trials in 2017 at Parham Gardens nr Pulborough

I regularly follow Parham Gardens and head gardener Tom Brown @HeadGardenerTom on Twitter, so when not visiting the garden I manage to keep abreast of what they are doing. Each year Parham runs plant trials, and they are well worth a visit as it is a great way of making a note of ideas for… Continue reading Trials in 2017 at Parham Gardens nr Pulborough

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Parham Gardens on the Last Day of April

On Sunday 30 April, my friend and I dusted off our season ticket and paid a visit to Parham Gardens in Pulborough.  We are lucky that it is only 20 minutes away and makes for an enjoyable afternoon out, without much driving.  There is a small restaurant called The Big Kitchen at Parham that serves a light… Continue reading Parham Gardens on the Last Day of April