Open Gardens 2020

Open Gardens 2020

We continue our look around members’ gardens in 2020 featuring another “Virtual Open Garden” as part of our programme showing a different garden every week. This is because we can’t visit gardens in person due to Coronavirus. A new garden will be posted up on the web-site each Sunday for the following week. To see the gardens featured previously, click on “Archives” and “July 2020” and “June 2020″ in the right hand panel and scroll through the earlier gardens. The owners of gardens that have been already been featured are:

  • Carrie & Matt Lyons
  • Colin & Diana Barber
  • Glenys McDonald
  • Lillian Taylor
  • Alison & David Claridge
  • Sir Keith and Lady Mills

Future Gardens will include those of: Jean & John Tune; Mike and Carole Marks; Anne & Graham Parsons; Gill & Bill Long; Geraldine Vivian; John Perry; Julie Watkins & Andy.

Any if you would like to feature your garden please contact Michael Marks by e-mail: michael.marks7@btinternet.com

To see the garden photos in the best format click on the first picture below, which will open up the picture in full screen and then click through the photos using arrows to the right (sequence forward) and left (sequence back) of the screen.

Judy & Bill Liddall’s Garden is this weeks featured garden and Judy describes their garden as follows:

We moved to Dower House Crescent in 2003; a year later, work on our extension started which meant we delayed the designing of the garden until that was completed.

There were no herbaceous borders, it was mainly laid to grass with an abundance of very large conifers both in the front and back.

My aim was to create a garden with year round interest, a sizeable area to grow fruit and vegetables assisted by a greenhouse and various areas where we could sit and entertain.

We have used a backbone of evergreen shrubs and cottage – garden style planting providing an abundance of colour throughout the seasons.

As we all know, gardens are never finished!  We spend many hours trying to keep it well maintained, refreshing certain areas and are always planning new projects but it keeps us active and gives us hours of pleasure.  Bill has his side of the garden and I have mine but he is allowed some room on my side for his dahlias providing they are not spikey and orange!

Open Gardens 2020

Open Gardens 2020

We continue our look around members’ gardens in 2020 featuring another “Virtual Open Garden” as part of our programme showing a different garden every week. This is because we can’t visit gardens in person due to Coronavirus. A new garden will be posted up on the web-site each Sunday for the following week. To see the gardens featured previously, click on “Archives” and “July 2020” and “June 2020″ in the right hand panel and scroll through the earlier gardens. The owners of gardens that have been already been featured are:

  • Carrie & Matt Lyons
  • Colin & Diana Barber
  • Glenys McDonald
  • Lillian Taylor
  • Alison & David Claridge

Future Gardens will include those of: Judy & Bill Liddall; Jean & John Tune; Mike and Carole Marks; Anne & Graham Parsons; Gill & Bill Long; Geraldine Vivian; John Perry; Julie Watkins & Andy.

Any if you would like to feature your garden please contact Michael Marks by e-mail: michael.marks7@btinternet.com

To see the garden photos in the best format click on the first picture below, which will open up the picture in full screen and then click through the photos using arrows to the right (sequence forward) and left (sequence back) of the screen.

The Grange – Sir Keith and Lady Mills

Many will have already visited The Grange, through the generosity of Sir Keith and Lady Mills regular opening of their garden for the BGA. They have again allowed it to be photographed as part of this virtual garden opens feature. There are also some photographs on The Kentish Hare Garden owned by Sir Keith and Lady Mills, which features 4 topiary hares.

The Grange is wonderful garden, constructed some 20 years ago and featuring many garden areas planted with plants of a subtle pallet of blues and pinks. The sunken garden is a particularly well designed and tranquil spot in which to linger and is one of the favourite parts of the garden for Lady Mills.

The garden is large and well stocked with a variety of plants, and is maintained with only the equivalent of 3 gardeners.

Enjoy your tour around the garden.

Open Gardens 2020

Open Gardens 2020

We continue our look around members’ gardens in 2020 featuring another “Virtual Open Garden” as part of our programme showing a different garden every week. This is because we can’t visit gardens in person due to Coronavirus. A new garden will be posted up on the web-site each Sunday for the following week. To see the gardens featured previously, click on “Archives” and “July 2020” and “June 2020″ in the right hand panel and scroll through the earlier gardens. The owners of gardens that have been already been featured are:

  • Carrie & Matt Lyons
  • Colin & Diana Barber
  • Glenys McDonald
  • Lillian Taylor

Future Gardens will include those of: ; Sir Keith and Lady Mills; Judy & Bill Liddall; Jean & John Tune; Mike and Carole Marks; Anne & Graham Parsons; Gill & Bill Long; Geraldine Vivian; John Perry; Julie Watkins & Andy.

Any if you would like to feature your garden please contact Michael Marks by e-mail: michael.marks7@btinternet.com

To see the garden photos in the best format click on the first picture below, which will open up the picture in full screen and then click through the photos using arrows to the right (sequence forward) and left (sequence back) of the screen.

Alison & David Claridge’s Garden is this weeks featured garden and Alison describes their garden as follows:

It has taken many years of tireless effort and back breaking work to create this beautiful garden. Fortunately all the hard work was completed long before we moved in, just over two years ago.

The previous occupants are keen, passionate gardeners and known to many of you as they were members of BGA. They set such high gardening standards we have struggled to maintain them.

However, ‘Lockdown’ has provided us with the time to enjoy the garden and energy to get to grips with it.

As inexperienced gardeners our contribution has been the addition of the Passion Flower, Agapanthus and bedding plants. During the course of this year and next Spring, it is our aim to replace the annual plants with colourful perennials and simplify the general maintenance but keep the interesting character of this much loved garden.

We hope you enjoy the photographs of our garden below:

Open Gardens 2020

Open Gardens 2020

We continue our look around members’ gardens in 2020 featuring another “Virtual Open Garden” as part of our programme showing a different garden every week. This is because we can’t visit gardens in person due to Coronavirus. A new garden will be posted up on the web-site each Sunday for the following week. To see the gardens featured previously, click on “Archives” and “June 2020″ in the right hand panel and scroll through the earlier gardens. The owners of gardens that have been already been featured are:

  • Carrie & Matt Lyons
  • Colin & Diana Barber
  • Glenys McDonald

Future Gardens will include those of: Alison & David Claridge; Maureen & Keith Mills; Judy & Bill Liddall; Jean Tune; Mike and Carole Marks; Anne & Graham Parsons; Gill & Bill Long; Geraldine Vivian.

Any if you would like to feature your garden please contact Michael Marks by e-mail: michael.marks7@btinternet.com

To see the garden photos in the best format click on the first picture below, which will open up the picture in full screen and then click through the photos using arrows to the right (sequence forward) and left (sequence back) of the screen.

Lillian Taylor Garden is this weeks featured garden and Lillian describes her garden as follows:

I have a medium-size garden, which seems to grow larger every year, is now half way through yet another five-year plan, having endured more such plans than the Soviet Union, in an attempt to simplify general maintenance and provide interest all year round.  To this end my aim is to simplify the planting using robust plants that do well in comparatively poor soil, can cope with little rainfall and can endure exposed windy conditions.   To quote Fred Loads, “the answer really does lie in the soil” and in this garden mulching is key whenever possible, given the sometimes difficult conditions in winter and early spring. I use fewer varieties of plants, but in greater quantities, while resisting temptation to be over ambitious or beguiled by more exotic or tender varieties needing greater care and attention.  And all this without being boring …

Needless to say there is still a lot of work in progress – but that’s gardening for you and we all need a plan to aim for!