English Gardens

This weekend is the RHS flower show at Tatton Park in Cheshire. This is an event I have always wanted to go to but never yet made it for various reasons and I’m hoping this year will be the exception. I have been told by various gardening friends, that it is not to be missed and as my garden is in need of some TLC and inspiration, I really should make the effort to go.

My type of garden is the type that needs little attention but has lots of impact. I like gardens that invite you in and have secret corners where you can hide for an hour (or three) with a good book, undisturbed. I also love to see a mix of planting with architectural salvage and objects picked up along the way, such as pebbles and drift wood. What I really don’t like is perfection ( and that counts for almost most of my style, myself included!)


My kind of gardens & lovely English cottage planting


A path made from pebbles. I’d love to create something like this in our front garden leading to the door but I think it would be my life’s work.


For the best selection of architectural salvage, I have found in the North West, try Ribble Reclamation in Preston.



Arley Hall in Cheshire is very near to Tatton Park and they have wonderful gardens with a small garden centre on entering where you can buy some of the plants they have in their garden.



If you’re lucky enough to be in Cornwall this summer, The Lost Gardens of Heligan are some of the best gardens I have ever visited, with so many different types of garden, there is something to suit everyone. They grow some wonderful plants which again you can buy from there. These beautiful black poppies are just stunning.



Also in Cornwall are the sculptor, Dame Barbara Hepworth’s home and gardens, featuring some of her work and her studio, still left as it was the day before she died. It’s a fascinating insight into the life of an amazing talent and such a peaceful tranquil place. 




For more of Barbara Hepworth’s work visit Yorkshire Sculpture Park where as well as work by Henry Moore you can also marvel at these giant rabbits by Sophie Ryder.Don’t forget to take your bike as there are miles of pathways for you to follow and a fantastic cafe for a reward at the end of your day.






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