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Woodgreen wonderboy

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.


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!


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 .







I visited Fernleigh Today today, lovely. 




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


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.



Bramdean looks really lovely. Good photos in that link.


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. 


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.



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...


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.


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


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.   



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


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


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 !!


   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.