Visiting gardens is such a joy, it’s usually inspiring, a good day out, there may be little plants to buy, & there is always cake.
Every year I have a list in my head of gardens to visit when they’re at their best. This is mostly in the spring through to late summer, which makes for a busy 7 months….. or it would if I visited them all. But since life is short & full of good intentions, I’m determined to see more than usual this year.
Hauser & Wirth, Somerset:
We visited in August last year, & was delighted with it. The planting is by Piet Oudolph so expectations were high, & I was still delighted by it. This year it would be nice to go a little earlier in the year. Though his trade-mark grasses & are probably at their best in late summer.
More about Hauser & Wirth here.
A National Trust garden & famous for being the home of Winston Churchill, it also has a fine vegetable garden.
The Collector Earls’ Garden was designed by Isabel & Julian Bannerman. It’s a flamboyent garden with a strong structure & expertly divided by hedges.
More about visiting Arundel Castle & gardens here.
National Gardens Scheme:
Another great source of garden visits. The variety of gardens is huge, from small urban ones to larger country gardens, & lots that aren’t open regularly.
I met Tony Russell at The Garden Press Event last week & got a timely copy of his book:
Great Gardens to Visit 2017
Helpfully listed under Counties, with all the information you’ll need, it’s going to be very useful.
The book is available here
Find out about The National Garden Scheme here
As well as the gardens above, my list for 2017 includes:
Rousham in Oxfordshire [I’m a little embarrased that I’ve never been here, because it has a great reputation as one of the best gardens in the country]
Ham House near Richmond
I follow it on Instagram & it looks wonderful.
Ford Abbey in Somerset
another one I follow on Instagram & also looks gorgeous.
I’ll write here on the blog about the gardens I visit this year, & I’d love to hear about your favourite gardens to visit.
Meanwhile, I’m taking a couple of weeks off, see you next month.
all photos: Jill Anderson