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 the tabs “August 2020”, “July 2020” and “June 2020″ in the right hand panel to 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
  • Judy & Bill Liddall
  • Jean & John Tune
  • Carole & Mike Marks
  • Gill & Bill Long

Future Gardens will include those of: 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.

Gel Vivian’s is this weeks featured garden. Her garden is very small, but you can see Gel has transformed the small space into into a relaxing space. She describes her garden as:

I moved to my present home in Southborough seven years ago and typical of many Victorian houses inherited a long thin strip of garden with it’s only feature being a shed!

I soon set to and created flower borders and erected trellis to hide the shed.

The garden is now filled with clematis, climbing roses, jasmine and honeysuckle and as many perennials to attract the bees and butterflies as I could cram in.

With its south westerly aspect, on a warm summers evening, it’s a lovely place to sit while sipping something chilled.

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 the tabs “August 2020”, “July 2020” and “June 2020″ in the right hand panel to 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
  • Judy & Bill Liddall
  • Jean & John Tune
  • Carole & Mike Marks
  • Anne & Graham Parsons

Future Gardens will include those of: 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.

Gill & Bill Long’s Garden is this weeks featured garden and they describe their garden as follows:

When we moved to Woodland Way, twenty-two years ago, we had a lot of work to do.

The garden had been neglected for some time and was very overgrown. The boundary with St Lawrence Ave had an old conifer hedge, tall and dark, about five metres tall, stopping everything else in the garden from growing.  Once we had removed it, we were able to prune and replant some of the borders.

An old garage at the bottom of the garden also needed moving and replacing so that we could have a sunny terrace to display our pots and containers.

It is a lovely sunny and warm area that allows us to try our hand at more exotic and tropical plants. Many of you will have spotted the palm and banana trees over the fence, as you pass. We also grow Oleander, Colocasia (elephants’ ears) and several succulents.

It’s a very relaxed garden and in the main part we have a variety of Acers, azalea and rhododendron along with mixed borders of perennials.

The front garden is fortunate to be well placed, facing south west, enabling us to start the year with a display of bulbs and forget me nots which are then replaced by perennials, as the year progresses.

There is an apricot tree on the side wall of the house, also a plum tree. This year we’ve grown several types of squash there, as well. They have been a real talking point! We hope you enjoy looking at 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 the tabs “August 2020”, “July 2020” and “June 2020″ in the right hand panel to 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
  • Judy & Bill Liddall
  • Jean & John Tune
  • Carole & Mike Marks

Future Gardens will include those of: 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.

Anne & Graham Parsons’ Garden is this weeks featured garden.

Long term Bidborough residents, Graham and Anne Parsons seeing an opportunity to downsize in the village, moved 18 months ago to Gatehouse Farm Cottages. They have three seperate gardens. The courtyard garden was overrun with clematis and large shrubs. They now feel they have now made it their own private colourful area with climbing roses, salvias and seasonal bedding plants.

The main garden looking towards Penshurst, was taken back to a blank canvas and working with a local Landscaper, Adam, from Precision Building and Landscaping (07841 974887) they have created a small but pretty garden where breath taking and far reaching views can be enjoyed, as can bee seen by the following pictures taken in June.

The smallest garden is the “bus stop” garden, next to the front of their house beside the bus stop.

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 the tabs “August 2020”, “July 2020” and “June 2020″ in the right hand panel to 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
  • Judy & Bill Liddall
  • Jean & John Tune

Future Gardens will include those of: 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.

Carole & Mike’s Garden is this weeks featured garden and they describe their garden as follows:

Our garden is an unusually shaped third of an acre plot, began its development in 2005 from a blank canvas – once the garden had been cleared of nettles and brambles. Lifting the garden out of a state of total neglect was something of a challenge, but the blank canvas enabled our creativity and practical landscaping skills to flourish. The front garden comprises of raised beds featuring a black and white pebble bed, shrubs, perennials and ground cover.

The garden to the rear of the house consists of two main areas – both triangular. The formal area has a terrace with containers and a view towards Ashdown Forest, a pebble bed, two pergolas and herbaceous borders, which are planted for a succession of colour and are within a limited palette in each of the beds.

A walk through the pergola with its beautiful bespoke gates introduces you into the informal area which has a peaceful woodland setting. This includes a ‘fire circle’ and a ‘dry stream’ bed with a small bridge.

Many of you will have seen our garden, as we open every year for Hospice in the Weald and the National Garden Scheme (sadly not this year!) so the photos below show you the garden through the season at times when you will not have seen it.

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
  • Judy & Bill Liddall’

Future Gardens will include those of: 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.

Jean & John Tune’s Garden is this weeks featured garden and Jean describes their garden as :

We moved to our property in1968. With three small children to keep us busy, the garden was ” a blank canvas” for some time. It was in 1973 that John announced that we were to have a swimming pool. Great I thought, until he said we were going to dig it and build it ourselves. As many of you know we did. It has been, and still is, a joy, thanks to John’s hard work managing it.

I love the seasons in the garden, the yellows, mauves and white of Spring, followed by the bright pinks and purples of rhododendrons,
azaleas and geraniums. Then comes Summer. With friends and family coming for swims, the incentive to create a pretty poolside border is there. I love agapanthus, phlox and geranium Rosanne with hydrangeas and a sprinkling of patio roses. The pergola, with John’s chosen climber Compassionis, is old, but still gives pleasure.

I must add, however, that the garden is a memory book of friends and family. Their gifts and plants surround us and are cherished.

Please enjoy the pictures: