As the year draws to a close, I’ve been thinking back on gardens I visited this year. One of my favourites, had a few moments of fame as the backdrop to a recent BBC television series.
Vann is set in leafy surroundings down a quiet country lane in Surrey. I visited on one of those misty days when the light is soft, & the threatened rain kept everyone away.
I’m not usually anti-social, but can you imagine the bliss of not sharing the garden with any other visitors?
The house dates from the 16th century & has been extended over the years, giving it masses of character & making it a perfect backdrop to the 5 acre garden.
It’s sub-divided into different areas, each with their own character.
You’ll find a large pond, a vegetable garden, a meadow with mown paths [surely one of the most necessary ingredients for any country garden], a crinkle-crankle wall, lawns & beautiful combinations of herbaceous plants.
My heart lifts when I see a huge compost heap like this. It’s the solution to dealing with all the garden waste generated by a 5 acre garden, & is that happy circle of turning waste into compost to nourish the soil.
Good soil is one of the reasons why everything grows so well in this garden. Despite plants being crammed in close together, I saw hardly any weeds, there’s simple no space left for them to seed & grow.
Vann is only a few miles from where I live, & featured in the B.B.C.s adaptation of E.M. Forsters Howards End. Find out more about it here, including visitor information.
Sissinghurst was another favourite visit this year, see the post & photos here.
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Have a lovely Christmas holiday if that’s what’s happening in your part of the world, & I wish you all the best for a wonderful 2018.
all photos: Jill Anderson
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