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25/06/2013 at 21:48

Hello happymarion, I shall be interested in your views on  the 2 Dorset gardens you are to visit in July. I think I know which ones you mean and look forward to hearing how much you enjoy them.

25/06/2013 at 23:24

Yes, Pashley Manor seemed a bit bigger than I remembered. There was a new entrance and gift shop building and i think the paths around the lake were extended. Also 7 new loos!

26/06/2013 at 09:51


28/06/2013 at 21:26

A couple of weeks ago, the gardens in the Park estate near Nottingham castle were open. This wisteria and the wildflower bank were in the same garden .


30/06/2013 at 15:17


I visited Fernleigh Today today, lovely.


30/06/2013 at 16:14

That looks a beautiful garden Mrs. Garden. Has anyone else been to any other NGS gardens?

07/07/2013 at 19:41

Has anyone been anywhere yet, any photos to share? We went to Groombridge Place as well for a day out with grandchildren, but the garden (herbaceous bit) was a bit scruffy. Note the huge wisteria.


07/07/2013 at 22:41

Have been doing the rounds of the NGS gardens in my area. No pics tho...sorry  my camera broke. Next one open in couple of weeks is Bramdean House

07/07/2013 at 22:45

Bramdean looks really lovely. Good photos in that link.

08/07/2013 at 00:23

Busy you've been to Wisley does that mean you live in my area? Visited it so many times at different times of the year. Always something lovely to look at there. 

08/07/2013 at 09:16

No, addict, I live in Dordogne, France. We go to England on holiday! Went in June and visited gardens. We'll be back in September. We stay in a family holiday flat in Eastbourne. Actually, the journey to Wisley was a bit of a nightmare, there was an accident on the M25 so we couldn't even get on to it because of the queues so we went by country roads. Should have taken 1 1/2 hours but it took 3h20. Hope no one was hurt. Wisley was lovely and had changed quite a bit since I last went nearly 40 years ago.

08/07/2013 at 09:46


when I live near Eastbourne I had the exact same problem as you getting to Wisley... over 3 hours caught in traffic... I think we ended up going around Dorking or somewhere... down country roads... it's a shocking place to get to at times like that...

Groombridge Place takes me back too... they used to have Birds of Prey displays there which was fun to watch...

...I don't know if you've ever watched the 2005 Pride and Prejudice film version with Keira Knightley/Matthew Macfadyen... I quite liked this one actually... part of it was filmed there...

08/07/2013 at 11:01

They still have the birds of prey. The same chap used to do them at Chilham Castle over 30 years ago. We took the children there when they were small.

I saw that P & P, loved it, also love the Colin F. one.

08/07/2013 at 15:54
08/07/2013 at 16:41

Oh dear, looks like it's made of papier maché!

08/07/2013 at 23:21

I've been trying for over 12 months to get friends to visit gardens with me but no takers.

Gardenings one of those things, you either like it or you don't and most of my friends don't. They'd would rather spend a weekend away doing other stuff. We did go and see a botanic garden in Durham last year but it was on the way home and me keep Zoomer happy. I tried to link in the Harrogate show with a weekend in york but was found out and we went somewhere else.

So tonight, bit the bullet and booked a two day trip to visit Kew and to see a guy's garden in Windsor, called Seville. It's not till the end of September and the GH will be closed at Kew but watched David Bellamy's programme about Kew and it was really good. Hope I'm not disappointed.   


08/07/2013 at 23:31

You won't be disappointed zoomer. Kew is amazing. Been several times but would happily go back again. 

09/07/2013 at 07:56

Oh what a shame. How can people not like visiting gardens? It's not the same as actually asking them to do gardening.

09/07/2013 at 19:32

I think this thread is great. I loved the RHS gardens at Wisley - truly spectacular & Sissinghurst, near where I used to live, is lovely especially for me the White Garden.

This 'garden' display is well worth a visit if you're visiting the Charente Maritime department of SW France. It's called Jardins du Monde (Gardens of the World) & that's exactly what's displayed as you stroll from one 'country' to another. There's also a tropical house as well as a wonderful bonsai room. It looks like they've added more for children since I last visited but it doesn't matter what time of year it is as there's always something lovely to see. Sorry the links is in French but if you access 'Visite Virtuelle' it'll give you an overview of the gardens.

Another unmissable garden if you're visiting France is the Palace of Versailles. Be prepared to queue, even if you buy tickets in advance you still have to go through the security checks.The whole place is truly stunning - wear VERY comfy shoes!


Happy Summer !!


09/07/2013 at 20:33

   I've visited a couple of gardens in the South of France whilst on holiday. 

Can't recall the name of either but one was a cactus garden. We drove past several times, it had a huge wooden billboard outside of a Mexican.

The other had a huge golden statue of a lady laying down in it and there was an outdoor theatre, the flowers were stunning. The garden had been dug out of a quarry.

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