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Visit to Barnsdale Gardens

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 23:07
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.

Last edited: 21 June 2017 23:07:27

Visit to Barnsdale Gardens

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 16:32

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.....

Last edited: 21 June 2017 16:33:03

Visit to Barnsdale Gardens

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 16:26

The Parterre Garden..

The Formal Pool and Knot Garden..

Visit to Barnsdale Gardens

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 16:17

Then I went over to the Allotment area..

Victorian composts

On the opposite side of the path is the Fruit Orchard

Visit to Barnsdale Gardens

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 16:04

Ornamental Kitchen Garden..

Visit to Barnsdale Gardens

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 15:57

Mediterranean Garden

Visit to Barnsdale Gardens

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 15:49

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?

Visit to Barnsdale Gardens

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 07:26

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......

Last edited: 21 June 2017 07:27:25


Posted: 09/06/2017 at 14:01

How about digging it up after it has flowered and splitting it into two plants?

RHS Chatsworth

Posted: 05/06/2017 at 20:27

I shall be going on Saturday. If your stuck in traffic jams getting to Chatsworth be sure to peep your horn at me as I whizz past you on my motorbike 

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