Yellow Book gardens - they're all different
I have visited three Yellow Book gardens in the last week.
The first was a “plantsman’s informal garden” which sounded exciting to a plantaholic like me. But I found it disappointing as there was nothing particularly unusual and some of the borders really needed a good sorting out.
Next was “a well kept secret hidden beside the elegant façade of its Georgian centrepiece.” There were nine acres of mixed borders, specimen trees, working kitchen gardens and greenhouses. I spent two hours there and could quite happily have spent more. Some terrific plant and colour combinations and a few rarities to get the horticultural juices flowing too.
Today was “an exceptional range of rare, unusual and architectural plants.” This was an eclectic mix of eucalyptus trees, borderline hardy shrubs and perennials and more usual cottage garden plants. A thought-provoking mix which is a polite way of saying it not my cup of tea but I got some ideas from it.
On this site, you have Alan and Grenville’s miniature masterpiece in Bristol, the classic cottage at Little Larford and, next year, spritzhenry’s domain in Dorset which we have been watching develop through Barbara’s blogs and photos.
Whatever your taste, there’s a Yellow Book garden for you. Some have plant sales, some offer teas with home-made cakes, many have both. And all the money raised goes to worthy charities. Please support the Yellow Book gardens and have a great day out.
- 27 Jul, 2008
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