The first garden visited was Mapperton House, near Beaminster, the ancestral home of the Earls of Sandwich. According to a vote by ‘Country Life’ it is ‘the nation’s finest manor house’. The Earl and Countess’ son, Luke, and his wife, Julie, the Viscount and Viscountess of Hinchingbroke, live there and manage the estate. It has also […]
This was a new experiment for a day of garden visits in which members bring their own picnic lunch to enjoy whilst visiting two very special private gardens. The day was been organised by Charlotte Maclean, Deputy Chairman of EBTS UK, who kindly invited everyone to her garden for a lunch break and photographs were […]
Review of the day out written by Neil Cave with photographs by Chris Redston
In April EBTS visited some great gardens in Surrey – unfortunately the weather wasn’t brilliant, in fact it was very wet at times. So by special request Topiarius Editor, Caroline Foley and I went to visit Trudie Proctor at The Old Rectory for a second look at the garden.
The late-summer trip was carefully designed to include some of the most beautiful gardens in Florence, all incorporating fine examples of box and topiary. As part of the trip EBTS also visited Romiti & Giusti near Lucca, a specialist nursery exporting topiary sculptures all over the world: here you could order any topiary form, from teacup to tennis player.
Things didn’t bode well for the first garden visit of 2015, a crash on the M1 threatened to make the views of cars on tarmac rather than beautiful gardens and wonderful topiary and after that cleared the weather tried it’s hardest to put a dampener on the day.
A year after it’s hard cutting back to reduce it’s size and improve it’s shape, The Garden House parterre is growing back well as can be seen in the updated photographs Rowena has kindly sent through.
Longstock Park Water Gardens First stop of the day was Longstock Park Water Gardens, where Head Gardner Rob Ballard gave us some of history of how they were formed. In 1946 John Speden Lewis bought the water gardens and developed them three times their original size adding bridges and promontories. It took 6 years to […]
The weather had been awful leading up to the first visit of 2013, spring had been having difficulty breaking through the snow, ice and northerly winds, but finally it had arrived and buds were beginning to appear. The grade II listed Chilworth Manor was our first garden of the day where owner Mia & Graham Wrigley […]
Chenies Manor is a grade 1 listed manor house backed with history and after a delightful tea and biscuits we had an excellent guided to of a house that is steeped in historical moments in Britains royal past.