On the fourth day of Christmas... The Laskett
On the fourth day of Christmas, I'm sure you'll all let me know that I'm out of sync because Christmas Eve doesn't count, and we're now on the third day ... but as I thought I'd probably miss out somewhere, I'll get there in the end, with 12 days of gardens, somewhere in the world.
This fabulous garden is pure theatre! Every corner you turn reveals another stage set and you will be left gasping - it's stunning, it's different and it's unique! And I'm sure it will get as crowded as Sissinghurst when Sir Roy opens his doors to the public next year, because so much has been written about this garden, yet so few people have been able to visit it. I sincerely hope not, but fear that this will be the case.
When Sir Roy and his wife bought the house in 1973 there was no garden at all - just a plot of land - and his book "The Laskett: The Story of a Garden" makes riveting reading if you're interested in the history of this property.
I'm not going to write a huge piece of editorial about The Laskett here, because the property speaks for itself - I've visited hundreds of gardens in the last two years, but this one is quite exceptional - so plan a visit in 2010. You won't be disappointed. I waited three years to get here and am still talking about it!