Eclectic private garden:
Geoff has created a minor miracle in his seaside garden. He has taken the design principle of garden rooms and applied it to his small suburban home. His many ‘rooms’ are tiny, yet packed with exquisite plantings and quirky garden art. I particularly like the references to his family’s heritage as commercial fishermen. He prepares delicious cakes or a light lunch for the occasional private group - last time we had a savory ricotta cheesecake with salad. He has raised many ££s for the MacMillan Cancer Support.
Geoff’s beloved garden has won many awards and has been featured on the BBC.
Fabulous follies and rare plants:
The owners of a 17th Century Manor began developing this garden into a plantsman’s delight in the 1950s. The 7 acre garden bursts into bloom in spring with displays of magnolias (> 30 varieties), azaleas, and rhododendrons, with drifts of hellebores and bulbs below. In the warm days of summer, the garden is vibrant with crocosmias, dahlias and one of the best collections of salvias in Europe. Ornamental grasses grace the lovely borders and the multi-hued trees of Autumn.
This is a surprising garden with an enchanting woodland walk, Italian Garden, explorable 'ruins' and 'temple' (hand built by the owner, using sand and stone from the garden). The stables have been converted into a charming tearoom.
Now is the time to dust off your passport and dream about traveling to distant lands. The 2018 World Airline Awards were published recently, so I thought that I would share them with you. They are useful wherever your dreams take you.
Fares to Europe, in particular, are astonishingly low right now.
Just in case, you are considering booking a Rose & Heather Tour, I have extracted the airlines that have direct flights to London from Oakland (Norwegian), San Jose (various airlines, operated by British Airways), or San Francisco. Leaving early May for 15 nights with 1 checked bag and economy class seats costs < $750 return and premium seat are also a great value!
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I look forward to sharing with you the glorious gardens and intriguing historical places, found deep in the English Countryside of Sussex and Kent.
Thankful for all the rain over the past few weeks! Although it has been rather dull and chilly at times. Here is a short video [75 sec] to brighten your day.
During last year’s tour, I was struck by the abundance of Garden Art that embellished gardens, both large and small. The sculptures ranged from joyful abandon to tranquil reflection and whimsical amusement. It was so delightful to discover these flights of imagination, whilst wandering through the lovely gardens. And I was impressed by the novel use of materials, so different to the formal marble sculptures of yesteryear. Keep tuned as I will share some mobile and interactive sculptures in another blog.
Adversity has marked the history of Nymans since Ludwig Messel bought the estate to create his dream home in 1890. And indeed he did. The glory years of the pre-war era ended abruptly with World War II. Shortly after, a devastating fire destroyed a wing of the house, leaving a romantic gothic ruin as a backdrop to the enchanting gardens. Disaster visited again forty years later during the Great Storm, which blew down 500 trees, including 40 champion trees. Yet the love and artistry of successive generations surmounted every setback to create one of the most romantic gardens you could wish to see.