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A September tour of British gardens

A September tour of British gardens

Fran Pride and Colette Walker, who operate Sisley Garden Tours, wondered if the September tour they had planned for gardens in Yorkshire and the Lake District was such a good idea. It is generally acknowledged … Read entire article »

Coughton Court, Alcester, Warwickshire, England

Coughton Court, Alcester, Warwickshire, England

When touring the gardens of ancient estates, a certain discipline is required to keep one’s mind on the gardens and not the equally remarkable buildings, artifacts and history. Coughton Court, the home of the Throckmorton … Read entire article »

Beth Chatto Gardens, East Anglia, England

Beth Chatto Gardens, East Anglia, England

 Beth Chatto was no ordinary gardener, turning what was once a wasteland into 5 distinct and extraordinary gardens. She lived the mantra: Right plant, right place. Gardeners around the world look to English gardens for inspiration. … Read entire article »

Hidcote Manor, Gloucestershire, England

Hidcote Manor, Gloucestershire, England

Five years ago, my sister and I stood outside the gates of Hidcote Manor in a state of distress. This particular property was high on our list of ‘must see’ English gardens.  I was enjoying … Read entire article »

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London, England

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London, England

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show has been held on the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital in London, England every year since 1913. It is a prestigious affair, attended by the British Royal … Read entire article »

Vita Sackville-West’s sunset garden: Sissinghurst Castle, England

Vita Sackville-West’s sunset garden: Sissinghurst Castle, England

I visited Sissinghurst to see the garden Vita Sackville-West created with her husband Harold Nicolson. I also went out of curiosity for I have read a great deal about this couple and wanted to see … Read entire article »

Rosemary Verey’s garden: Barnsley House, England

Rosemary Verey’s garden: Barnsley House, England

The background on the desktop of my computer is an image of yellow and mauve—a photo of the laburnum at Barnsley House in England. This tunnel of wisteria with ornamental onions growing informally on either … Read entire article »

Christopher Lloyd’s garden: Great Dixter, England

Christopher Lloyd’s garden: Great Dixter, England

He dedicated most of his life and his writing to his garden and was widely known for his willingness to experiment and his passion for planting. Eight years ago I had the opportunity to start a … Read entire article »

Gardens of the World: England

Gardens of the World: England

In May 2009 I visited some famous gardens in England with my sister. The trip was long overdue for I am a passionate gardener and The Gardens of England are simply a must-do. There are … Read entire article »