I received a warm welcome at Bradness Gallery and Garden from Mike Cruickshank and Emma Burnett – two artists whose love of colour and strong images has led them to create a beautiful and tranquil garden, filled with blooms and birdsong!  The garden falls gently away behind their studio and the timber-framed farmhouse which dates… Read More

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

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

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