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I've been meaning to visit Barnsdale for a couple of years, but never managed to make the trip. But yesterda I had to travel from Sheffield to Melton Mowbray to collect my motorbike from the mechanic I use, so took the opportunity to visit.

Theres lots of photos so I'll post them in stages over the next few days.

I rode there on my awesome two wheeled steed and parked up in the car park..

The entrance to the gardens..

I headed over to the areas of the garden that were used in Gardeners World which are signposted..

Walking over the little bridge leads you to the Apple Arch..

The garden is divided into lots of small gardens, each with different themes. I headed straight to the Artisan Garden which is the area I most wanted to see, having read GH's book and having made one of his obelisks for my own garden..

I got the feeling that everything was original, as in the fences, seat, obelisk etc were the exact ones that GH made. Ive no idea if thats true but I got the same feeling throughout the whole garden, it was as if everything had been kept just as it was all those years ago.

More photos to come of the next garden......

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Thanks for posting Lead Farmer.  Lovely to see these pictures.  I was/am a big Geoff Hamilton fan and learned a lot from his GW programmes.  He was such an innovator and most of his good practice is still relevant to today.  Rock on Geoff!


Thanks for posting those photos.

I was and still am a big fan of Geoff.

Watching the DVD set where he built the artisan garden and the gentleman's garden both from scatch, the artisan garden still looks much the same and the woodwork is still the same colour.
So thanks also to those who are preserving his memory


we had a couple of forum trips there some years ago. Always worth a visit. Nice photos LF, better than those I took 


The visit we did was three years ago this week. The photos are on here if you would like to see them. You could see any changes if any. I do think they keep the main TV gardens the same and maintained as a tribute to Geoff Hamilton. I have to say his son is so much like him, it's almost like seeing the man himself wandering around.

Photos start around page 14

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just spent a pleasant half hour looking through that fidget. Nice group pic on page 13, a few names from the past on there as well.


Thank you Leadfarmer.  This is on my list of places to visit and the DVDs are on my prezzie list.  

Looking forward to more photos.

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We went a couple of years ago and were having a cup of tea in the coffee shop, when they suddenly started up the dvd that Pete8 referred to above. I found myself getting really emotional just hearing Geoff Hamilton's voice and being at Barnsdale. .....


On to the Gentlemans Cottage Garden

Adjacent to this garden is the Geoff Hamilton Memorial..

I then moved on to the Reclaimed Garden. I seem to recall Adam Frost helped GH plant a Mountain Ash tree in here?


Ornamental Kitchen Garden..


Fabulous.  Lots of lovely TV moment memories in there.


Then I went over to the Allotment area..

Victorian composts

On the opposite side of the path is the Fruit Orchard



The Parterre Garden..

The Formal Pool and Knot Garden..


The gardens were quite busy and to get these photos I often had to wait a good 10 mins for an elderly person to slowly shuffle out of view .

It was a scorching hot day and Im glad upon arrival I'd changed out of my motorbiking gear and into shorts and T-shirt. I'd had to nip into the grassed overflow car park to change out of view of anyone as the toilet block was tiny and offered little room to do so.

Picnics are not allowed in the gardens but there is a cafe to use. But I noticed lots of people had brough their own food and had nipped back to their cars to eat.

More photos to follow.....

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Hi  Lead Farmer your photos are super much better than ones I took last year.

My wife and I visited a bit later than you so the gardens were looking well established.

Like you Geoff inspired me back in the day and to see how Nic and the team are preserving

it all and indeed moving it forward is great.

After seeing your photos I think another visit is looming for us.

Ps hope the bike performs well for you.

Gardener John says:

Like you Geoff inspired me back in the day and to see how Nic and the team are preserving

it all and indeed moving it forward is great.

After seeing your photos I think another visit is looming for us.

Ps hope the bike performs well for you.

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I was served by Nic in the nursery shop, where I bought one of Geoff Hamiltons DVD's.

As for my bike, it's a BMW R1200GSA I absolutely love riding it.

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