Over to Brighton in the evening of the first day of April – the grey morning mist had given way to bright sunshine for what promised to be a lively evening: Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener at Great Dixter, in conversation with garden writer, author and journalist Anna Pavord. With all of his usual verve and… Read More


Mid-September and the colours in the garden are intense, rich, mature –  glowing with a depth unmatched the rest of the year.  The welcoming pots clustered around the ancient front porch contain Ageratums, Coleus (now known as Solenostemon), Canna, Rudbeckia, Agapanthus, Dahlias – the brightness of colour and the use of plants like the dark… Read More


Four acres of horticultural delights are to be found tucked away behind the Royal Hospital site (home to the famous Chelsea Flower Show) in Chelsea.  Founded in 1673 by the Society of Apothecaries of London, the Chelsea Physic Garden offered the apprentices the opportunity to grow and study medicinal plants.  The site had previously been… Read More


Originally herbaceous borders, the summer borders at Nymans reverted to the old intensive ‘bedding out’ style of gardening in the 1960’s and ’70’s at the instigation of the Earl and Countess Ross who spent their summers at Nymans and wanted a fantastic August display. This style of planting had all but died out as the… Read More


A treat this afternoon – a walk with the head gardener, Alexis Datta around an empty (!) Sissinghurst (on a Wednesday, when it is closed to the public). The National Trust run a series of walks such as this at their different gardens. Yet again we were blessed with an incredibly blue sky, bright sunshine… Read More


To Lamberhurst, just across the Kent/Sussex border for a Sunday morning walk with Paul, the head gardener at Scotney Castle Gardens. A mild, watery sun was just coming through the early morning cloud cover as I arrived, with the promise of a beautiful day. Started in the Walled Garden – about 1 acre – built… Read More


Drove over to Charing, not far from Sissinghurst in Kent, on a beautiful evening for a talk by Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener at Great Dixter, on the Exotic Garden he and the late great Christopher Lloyd started together about 14 years ago soon after Fergus came to Great Dixter. The idea to dig up the… Read More


Had a good walk with the Head Gardener, Ed Ikin, at Nymans this morning. A bright, sunny day in early spring with a strong bite to the wind and the threat of storm clouds! The magnolias (Nymans has 63 varieties) were superb – some had even been in flower since end of Feb! The winter… Read More