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National Trust snubs Sir Roy Strong and turns down his garden. Will The Laskett be lost to the nation forever?

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The gardening world is so often considered to be gentle and unassuming. We all watch wonderfully crafted television programmes where presenters walk us through other people’s horticultural havens; we listen to Gardeners’ Question Time on the radio and we gloat over gardening magazines that highlight the best possible views of horticultural heavens encapsulated in colourful photographs.

So when Sir Roy Strong announced that he intended to “destroy” his garden – The Laskett – created during a rewarding and enduring 30-year marriage to his late wife, Julia Trevelyan Oman, both press and public reacted with a sense of shock. The news broke in early October with several national newspapers telling readers that the National Trust had turned down Sir Roy’s invitation to leave his garden to them for the nation to enjoy, because it failed to meet "strict acquisition criteria". 
The gardens at The Laskett in Herefordshire are the largest private formal gardens to be created in England s…

Wordless Wednesday - Autumn colours at RHS Wisley

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We've been blessed with so many sunny days recently in between the rainstorms and Britain's gardens are overflowing with autumn colours. Family illness has severely curtailed my galloping this year, but RHS Wisley is looking magnificent at the moment and has the added benefit of being extremely wheelchair friendly. I went with a dear friend earlier this week and we had a delightful day there, made entirely possible by borrowing a wheelchair at the entrance gate. And to see glorious autumn colours at Westonbirt, pop over to Veg Plottingand feast your eyes on Michelle's pictures.