Day out – part 2

Ramster is even closer to home than Woolbeding and I have often driven or cycled past and thought that I must visit.  The gardens were laid out in 1890 by local nursery Gauntletts of Chiddingfold, to showcase their imports of plants and garden ornaments from Japan.  In 1922 Ramster was bought by Sir Henry and Lady …

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Day out – part 1

The Surrey PH group organised a trip to Woolbeding and Ramster as part of their summer programme of activities  - two gardens within easy reach of Guildford, but I hadn't visited either of them. Woolbeding was given to the National Trust in 1957 and in 1972 was leased to Simon Sainsbury who restored the 17th C house and …

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North of Norwich

After our visit to Kristopher's we headed out towards the coast to East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden.  'Very flat, Norfolk', as Amanda says to Elyot in Coward's Private Lives and beyond the city lies an area of open expanses, buffeted by gentle zephyrs from the North Sea and ideal for growing carrots.  Forty years ago, Alan …

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Bressingham Gardens

At the AGM weekend in Norfolk, Bressingham Gardens provided a contrast to the visit to The Harralds, but proved equally fascinating, with interesting vistas throughout.  The garden was first developed by Alan Bloom (1906-2005), and opened to the public in 1962, showing the new concept of using perennials in island beds.  These island beds are still evident today …

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Eastward Ho

2014 - the Norfolk group had offered to host the National Plant Heritage AGM and the first visit on offer was a tour of the private garden of the Bishop of Norwich.  Although it had rained for us most of the way over from Surrey the sun was shining as a large group walked over to the gate. …

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