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Midney Gardens and Nursery - A new Somerset plot full of surprises

Although the British have a great passion for garden visiting, there are not that many new gardens around the country. So when I accidentally stumbled upon Midney in Somerset - traditionally a country where the gardens are either those of great houses or in the hands of the National Trust - I was delighted. This is a true plantsman's garden with some very unusual plant combinations. Midney has been created over the last six years by Dave Chase and his partner, Alison Houghton. Dave has always been a passionate gardener and worked for many years with Marylyn Abbott at West Green House in Hampshire. He is a great admirer of Sylvia Crowe's designs and likes Jekyll's prolific planting style - both are obvious influences on the delightful small garden that he has created here. But prepare to be surprised, because although you will recognise the Crowe influence in the curving lines of the pathways and the palette of Gertrude Jekyll in the planting, Dave has put his own stamp on th…