Star-studded footsteps in June - from wilderness to World Gardens
|Sussex Prairies - open every week throughout the summer Wednesday through Friday|
June has been another thrilling garden-visit month and I've dropped in on 27 English gardens on my travels, including six wonderful new gardens in Herefordshire (to be reviewed in July); two charming Kent cottage gardens - Smallhythe Place, former home of Ellen Terry and Old Buckhurst, a garden created out of a hilltop wilderness (also for review in July); and finally marvelled at the World Garden, created by Tom Hart-Dyke, modern-day plant hunter who spent six months in captivity in the South American jungle, after a plant-hunting expedition ended in disaster!
|Little Malvern Court, Worcestershire (to be reviewed)|
I've seen Marilyn Monroe; met John Brookes; and walked in the footsteps of Christopher Lloyd; sat in the garden where Virginia Woolf once sat and taken time to reflect on where to go next. I've encountered extraordinary gardens in Essex that I didn't know existed, including Green Island and Spencers; finally made it to Painswick Rococo in Gloucestershire (waiting for review); and managed to revisit some of my all-time favourites including Vann and Sussex Prairies.
|Old Buckhurst, Kent - a charming garden created where there was none (for review in July)|
July promises a new round of adventures including Hampton Court Flower Show, which starts next week. It's neither as well-known nor as crowded as Chelsea and I'm looking forward to seeing the show gardens there. I'm also going to Highgrove - Prince Charles' much talked-about garden - for the first time, although I won't be posting pictures because cameras aren't permitted!
|The Japanese garden room at Green Island in Essex|
Other treats to look forward to next month include more Gloucestershire gardens as I head up there to see what's in bloom; and some first time visits to gardens in the middle of England, including plots in Warwickshire, Staffordshire and, if I get the time, a little further north. Thank you all for visiting and for all your comments, and I hope you'll join me for more gardens in July. And if you'd like ideas on where to visit, you can always check out the UK Garden Visit listings.
|Denman's Garden, West Sussex - home of John Brookes|