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Our visit to John's garden,Ashwood Nurseries,Kingswinford.

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What a magical day it was,a visit I’ve always wished for.The weather was just right,light cloud interspersed with sunshine.It is opened for charity a few days in the year.Today was for Brain Tumour research.

The owner,John Massey,has developed the garden since 1998.He was inspired by Princess Sturdza’s garden near Dieppe.He learnt the importance of a tree’s natural shape and pruning.

The garden runs alongside a beautiful canal and covers a few acres.Nextdoor is a nursery full of shrubs and plants +a restaurant.

I have included a few photos from the visit…..the Astilbe border was magnificent and of course,the Clematis……the model figurines and animals were so realistic.There was even a male voice choir singing!

The Midsummer Mermaid Azalea was particularly pretty,sadly sold out in the nursery.
The Hostas were completely slug damage free too.

Well worth a visit…..the parking was a little hairy…..so many vehicles to pack into a small area.
Do hope you enjoy this blog and perhaps it may inspire you to visit on one of the Open Days.

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Thanks Julia, it’s lovely to see it again. We visited John’s Garden several years ago and loved it - particularly the lake with its surrounding rock/pebble garden. Ashwood is a good-but-pricey online nursery too 🙂.

15 Jul, 2019

 

Lovely photos Meadowland,I saw Johns garden a couple of weeks ago on the TV with Carol Klein it was so beautiful,showed you the garden in every season,gorgeous .

15 Jul, 2019

 

Yes,Sheila,I noticed it was pricey...pity...
pleased you enjoyed the photos both of you.I would like to return in the Spring.

15 Jul, 2019

 

Lovely pictures Julia, pleased you enjoyed the day! Some really lush, green planting.

15 Jul, 2019

 

Lovely place to visit just perfection!

15 Jul, 2019

 

Thanks Kate and Stera.Walking around the garden,it was a very magical feeling.

15 Jul, 2019

 

A lovely garden to visit, and nice that it was for charity. The Astilbes look wonderful in the border !

16 Jul, 2019

 

Glad you liked it,Hywel..
Well worth a visit,although a long distance for you.

17 Jul, 2019

 

It looks a wonderful place M'land, I've only ever seen it on the television, thankyou for sharing your visit, the photo's are lovely...

17 Jul, 2019

 

Your very welcome, Lincs...would like to revisit in the Spring to see the changes.

17 Jul, 2019

 

Love this garden it is so peaceful and tranquil and also on my doorstep so to speak, I went in June and may go in September, so inspiring too :-))

17 Jul, 2019

 

It's beautiful, my kind of garden, so inspiring.

18 Jul, 2019

 

This if one of my favourite local nurseries M`land it is a bit pricey but the plants are always top quality. Didn`t go in June but shall be going in September this year for a change and know I shall find lots of inspiration.

18 Jul, 2019

 

Looks as if it is a beautiful and very calming place to visit. Lovely photos.

18 Jul, 2019

 

How lovely to live near,Stroller...it took us 1hour 3/4 to drive there.
Very calming place,Chris...was in ecstasy!

18 Jul, 2019

 

It looks to be a wonderful place to visit,M.land..so glad you had the perfect weather for it..Those Astilbes are beautiful,as is the rest of the garden.I love the sculptures too,especially the Gorilla peeping through the foliage :o) .Thank you for sharing...

19 Jul, 2019

 

Couldn't wait to share the images of this beautiful garden,Bloomer.

19 Jul, 2019

 

Our favourite nursery, we lived a few miles from it many years ago, bought all our plants from there, visited ever Sunday morning, for over 20 years, John Massey is a one of the nicest people you could wish to meet, and so unassuming....and talented.
We bought a book regarding pruning trees as taught to John by Princess Sturdza, unfortunately it is written in French, luckily plenty of photos.....
We both miss his nursery and the great restaurant, when we visit our daughter in Malvern we try and pop back, so pleased you enjoyed your visit, we have so many fond memories of Ashwood...

21 Jul, 2019

 

Well,how interesting, DD and how lucky you had all those years with that beautiful garden on your doorstep...we did see John there on the day...he was strolling around in shorts and thick boots talking to everyone.
Can't wait to return in the Spring.

21 Jul, 2019

 

Yes!! that would be John Massey........

22 Jul, 2019

 

Wow, Kingswinford, I lived there as a child. When the Travelodge at the end of Cot Lane was the summer hill hotel! Bernie Winters and Schnorbitz were in the sweet shop, oops, wandering off in memories now.

14 Oct, 2019

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