The Annual General Meeting of EBTS UK was held this year in the wonderfully historic surroundings of Hever Castle.
The five Gardens in East Anglia selected by our tour organisers Di & Neil Cave were spread across Norfolk, Suffolk & North Essex and ranged from a large domestic garden to the grounds of a stately home.
Dispite a road closure & thanks to our sat-nav’s, we all assemble at our first garden at Farleigh House where Andrew Wooley, the Head Gardener, took us on a brilliant tour.
With the forecast for torrential rain and winds of 40mph, the day didn’t sound too promising on the weather front.
Our first trip of 2017 got off to a brilliant start, the weather either side of the day was not great, but on the day it was glorious.
Iford Manor has a house and garden to die for. If ever there was a house and garden that was in a perfect setting, surely this must be it. The both are settled comfortably into the side of a valley that looks down over the gently curving River Frome.
In April EBTS visited some great gardens in Surrey – unfortunately the weather wasn’t brilliant, in fact it was very wet at times. So by special request Topiarius Editor, Caroline Foley and I went to visit Trudie Proctor at The Old Rectory for a second look at the garden.
We all meet up at Rockcliffe Gardens, where Emma Keswick the owner and designer of the garden showed us round. It is a stunning garden even in the rather damp weather that greeted us at the start of the visit.
Time for the first EBTS UK garden visits of the year and the good old British weather brought us heavy April Showers! Still this didn’t stop us enjoying three gardens in Surrey.
The late-summer trip was carefully designed to include some of the most beautiful gardens in Florence, all incorporating fine examples of box and topiary. As part of the trip EBTS also visited Romiti & Giusti near Lucca, a specialist nursery exporting topiary sculptures all over the world: here you could order any topiary form, from teacup to tennis player.
A morning visit to Rustling End Cottage in Codicote, with a wealth of good planting and cushions of box, was followed by a special private visit to the gardens at Bride Hall, rarely open to the public, with topiary, a parterre and famous water features.
So another AGM weekend has drawn to a successful close and organser Stephen Fenny is home again in Norfolk knowing he has successful organised a few days of great garden trips around the Harrogate area of Yorkshire.
Things didn’t bode well for the first garden visit of 2015, a crash on the M1 threatened to make the views of cars on tarmac rather than beautiful gardens and wonderful topiary and after that cleared the weather tried it’s hardest to put a dampener on the day.
A year after it’s hard cutting back to reduce it’s size and improve it’s shape, The Garden House parterre is growing back well as can be seen in the updated photographs Rowena has kindly sent through.
At the end of September EBTS visited the Italian Lakes for an extended weekend four day trip visiting seven gardens.
Pictures and a short video of the gardens visited as part of the EBTS UK AGM weekend in Cambridge.
With the weather forecast threatening rain, it was touch and go whether we would end up soaked, but with the usual EBTS UK good luck we only had a brief burst of rain which didn’t dampen our enjoyment in the slightest.
Having assembled and had lunch at the Grosvenor Garden Centre, the 45 strong group was introduced to Les Armstrong the former Head Gardener of Eaton Hall and we drove in convoy through the extensive grounds of the estate to Eaton Hall.
EBTS visited three outstanding private gardens, Daglingworth House (Covertside), Perrot’s Brook (Cirencester) and The Coach House (Ampney Crucis). This visit was organised by Andrew Tolman, an EBTS member with extensive local knowledge.
Longstock Park Water Gardens First stop of the day was Longstock Park Water Gardens, where Head Gardner Rob Ballard gave us some of history of how they were formed. In 1946 John Speden Lewis bought the water gardens and developed them three times their original size adding bridges and promontories. It took 6 years to […]
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We began the day with more than a little tripidation given the weather to date but as it turned out we were lucky and from the start at Grove Farm House we had a dry and even sunny day. After a warming coffee and biscuits, Tom Archer, Head Gardner
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