Showing posts from April, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - Andromeda Botanic Gardens, Barbados


"Must See" British gardens - Wollerton Old Hall, Shropshire

Wollerton Old Hall, near Shrewsbury is definitely a garden to visit this year if you can. This unusual four-acre property is a credit to its owners, Lesley and John Jenkins, who bought the house nearly 30 years ago and have created an Arts & Crafts style landscape here in a series of garden rooms surrounding a house that in part dates back many centuries.  But you will have to plan your visit carefully because the garden is only open two days a week - on Friday and Sunday afternoons from 12.00-17.00 - from Easter until the end of September (Fridays only in September), plus Bank Holiday Mondays. Lesley Jenkins spent part of her childhood here when her parents originally owned the property, but they eventually sold up and moved away and when she and her husband John bought it back in 1984, there was a very different garden to the one you see today. Lesley studied Fine Art and has created a landscape with strong architectural lines and colour schemes within a framework of garden rooms…

Columbia Road Flower Market in East London - a special Sunday outing

If you're in London for the weekend, where better to head than Columbia Road flower market in the up-and-coming East End on a Sunday morning? Today is overcast, but the flower-laden stalls will brighten your day, as will all the unusual shops in the area. The market takes place every Sunday from 08.00-14.00 and it costs nothing to look. Definitely worth a visit! I came home with armfuls of flowers, costing just a fraction of what you'd pay elsewhere.

Heatherwick's head-turning glasshouses at Bombay Sapphire's new Hampshire distillery

Thomas Heatherwick - the designer and architect responsible for the sleek and curvy, new red London Routemaster bus and the promised Garden Bridge set to span the River Thames – is no newcomer to the headlines these days. But now you can see another fine example of his innovative designs at the recently-opened Bombay Sapphire distillery in Hampshire, where you will find a bespoke glasshouse complex that will really set you thinking because of its incredible shape and sense of unity with its surroundings.
Nestled on the banks of the River Test in Hampshire in the apparently sleepy village of Laverstoke, the two Heatherwick glasshouses are home to a range of both tropical and Mediterranean plants used in the distillation of Bombay Sapphire gin. Heatherwick is responsible not just for the spectacular curvature of the gigantic modern greenhouses, but also the conversion and restoration of 23 existing buildings on the site that were formerly a paper mill. Nothing is wasted here and the heat…

Wordless Wednesday - Visit Vann this week if you can and see the Gertrude Jekyll water garden

Vann is near Godalming in Surrey and is open every day this week for the NGS until Sunday - 10.00-18.00. From next week it is open every Wednesday to visitors (10.00-18.00). Admission is £6.00. For a full review and more pictures click here.