On the loveliest day of the year so far, I visited a private garden in the depths of Kent for a plant sale in aid of charity – and aside from acquiring some very nice plants from specialist growers, I was mightily impressed by the garden which was beautifully laid out with self-contained areas that were cleverly concealed from one another. The topiary garden made me yelp with delight when I came round the corner and saw it laid out before me. Clustered beneath white-stemmed silver birch, it is the contrast between the airiness of the trees and the solid geometrical shapes of the box that really make this garden work. It was all very sophisticated except for one quirky touch which endeared it even more to me – a pair of topiary birds on a nest of untrimmed variegated box.
One for the Diary
Sat 05.04.2014 - Sun 06.04.2014
Plant Fair @ Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6PH
15th-16th & 22nd-23rd February Following the success of their wonderful autumn plant fairs, the team at Great Dixter have decided to add a spring fair... read more...
Sat 19.04.2014 - Sat 19.04.2014
Plant exhibition and sale @ Woottens Plants, Blackheath, Wenhaston, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 9HD
The late and much lamented plantsmen, Michael Loftus, built a collection of over 400 varieties of auriculas over 12 years and his team at Woottens... read more...
Tue 29.04.2014 - Tue 29.04.2014
Plant Fair @ Nettlestead Place, Nettlestead, Kent ME18 5HA
29th April 10am-3pm Event Category: Open Garden & Plant Fair Description: Gardening for Disabled Trust gives grants to help individuals continue gardening despite disability. Its... read more...