Jan 2015: Notes from the Garden

We were honoured recently when the Skip garden was chosen by Alan Titchmarsh to appear as a special mention in his TV programme ‘Britain’s Best Back Gardens’.

Which got me thinking ‘what are my favourite gardens?’

Paul's Top Ten Gardens (some cheating)

                  Palm House at Kew

                  Palm House at Kew

1.  I don't think I've ever met a botanic garden I didn't like - a heady mix of science and art. These are some of my favourites – I’ve cheated by lumping them all together.

Kew, Wakehurst, Logan (Scotland), Caernarvon (Wales), Brooklyn & Bronx NY, Berkeley (USA) and Tenerife.

2.  Sissinghurst in Kent.  Designed and built by Vita Sackville-West who developed the concept of ‘formal layout\informal planting’ has an iconic white garden.

                        Sissinghurst

                        Sissinghurst

                Savill Garden

                Savill Garden

3.   The Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park/Virginia Water. Royal Garden where the Queen parks her many botanic gifts. Best in springtime for mind-blowing displays of azaleas, rhododendron, magnolias and daffodils.

                Walled Garden

                Walled Garden

4. The walled garden on Lindisfarne Island in Northumberland designed and built by Gertrude Jekyll. A perfect gem of a garden, next to the fairytale castle on this windy island.

 

5. WWT Wetland Centre in Barnes. It's a garden, honest - built to look like a natural wetland. Wildfowl like it, visitors like it - I like it. 

                     Wetland Centre

                     Wetland Centre

                      Physic Garden

                      Physic Garden

6. The Physic Garden in Chelsea. This herb garden produced medicines for seamen down at Greenwich hospital. It's still a balm today.

7. Caroline Ware's wild garden at the Natural History Museum. What can I say, I'm biased but it's a great garden. 

                 Wild garden at NHM

                 Wild garden at NHM

                   Compton Acres

                   Compton Acres

8. Compton Acres in Poole, Dorset. A collection of ten small ornamental gardens; includes a Japanese, Roman, English, Rock, Heather and Palm Court garden. Small but perfectly formed, tucked into the cliffs above Poole Harbour.

9. Abbotsbury sub-tropical gardens in Dorset, a wonderful garden in the midst of rolling Dorset chalk Downland and stunning coastal views.

                      Abbotsbury

                      Abbotsbury

           Jardin Botanique et Exotique

           Jardin Botanique et Exotique

10. Jardin Botanique et Exotique Val Rahmeh just outside Menton on the French Riviera - Côte d'Azur. In my mind this garden defines the word 'exotic'. Beautiful and exciting, it lingers in the mind (and was growing a lemon the size of a rugby ball!). 

And a few pictures of everyone's favourite garden...