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