"Best garden I've seen"
When I started my garden I couldn’t see the walls for the brambles and ivy – the rows of leylandii didn’t help either……… That was just nine years ago.
At the time, I had a simple concept, located as I am in the South West, an area crammed with beautiful historic gardens very often filled with bluebells, camellias and rhododendrons that flower up until the end of May. But what happens after May? I asked myself. So I designed my garden to really come in to its own after May.
Since opening my garden daily to the public, I’ve had an exhibition highlighting the garden’s development and the history of the Victorian family who created it. Their family history goes back to Truro and 1755, but the garden was originally built around 1880 reaching it’s height around 1914, as so many gardens did before the Great War. There’s even a picture of the 30 gardeners! From then on it was a gradual slide in to oblivion until I arrived in 1999. Most visitors admit that without my pictures to prove it, they wouldn’t have believed the results in the time.
Inside the exhibition I leave a book open for ‘visitor comments’ and I’m always encouraged and delighted when I read others enthusing about the gardens. I’m especially encouraged to read that many of these are frequent visitors to gardens elsewhere in the region but that my garden was like no other and crammed with different ideas. Last night for example, the latest entries included;
“What a great place! Amazing to have created this garden in such a short time” J&L Sessions, Goonhavern, Cornwall.
“Your garden excels beyond all descriptions. Your designs and ideas have inspired us to do more in our garden” Karen & Julian, Sussex.
Heck! I must be doing something ‘right’.
- 14 Jun, 2008
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