We all know Britain has some of the worlds most beautiful gardens and this time of year, the garden shows are attended by thousands of visitors. The Chelsea Flower Show in London has just ended and the swedish garden designer Ulf Nordfjell won both a gold medal and “best-in-show”. A huge success! Royal Horticulture Society arrange about 20 different flower and garden shows and coming up is Hampton Court Flower Show (7-12 July) and RHS Show Tatton Park (20-26 july). For a full program see RHS’s webpage.
If you just would like to visit a beautiful garden there are several to choose between. Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent is famous for it’s fantastic garden arcitecture and lovely ideas for your own garden can be found at Great Dixter in Rye, East Sussex and Lady Farm Gardens in Chelwood, Somerset.
The famous international garden designer Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd have won several gold medals and “best-in-show”, including a gold medal at Chelsea Flower Show in 2008. She has designed gardens for the King & Queen of Belgium, the singer Sting and his wife Trudy Styler and many of the English aristocracy. One of her award-winning designs, The Conran restaurant Coq d’Argent at No 1 Poultry, London, looks out on to her spectacular rooftop garden. She lives at Gresgarth Hall in Lancashire and has designed a true garden gem around her gothic-styled mansion. Her garden can be visited only a few days every summer so make sure you check the website for opening hours. She reccomends the following gardens: Bramdean Garden in Hampshire, Arley Hall in Northwich, Cheshire, Rousham in Steeple,Oxfordshire, Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire and Ascott in Buckinghamshire to mention some.
So there is so much to see, so many gardens to visit, get inspiration and ideas from, or just to enjoy!!
Happy garden visit to all- I’ll sure visit some next time I’m in Britain!
(PS. pictures are taken in beautiful Waxholm, Sweden,- truth to be told, there are beautiful gardens at home too!)