Open Gardens 2020

Open Gardens 2020

We have now concluded our look around our members gardens as part of our “Virtual Open Garden” programme showing a different garden each week, as we couldn’t have our actual garden visits event this year due to Coronavirus. A big thank you to the following members who kindly volunteered to “open” their gardens and let them be photographed for the web-site.

  • 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
  • Gel Vivian
  • John Perry
  • Julie Watkins

This page now contains just a few photographs from each of the 13 gardens featured over the Summer. If you would like to see all the photos for each garden featured, these can be found by clicking on “Archives” and one of the tabs for “September 2020”, “August 2020”, “July 2020” or “June 2020″ in the right hand panel and scroll through the gardens featured for each of those months.

To see the garden photos in the best format click on the first picture, 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.

Enjoy the small selection of photographs for all of the gardens featured this Summer below:

Open Gardens 2020

Open Gardens 2020

This week we conclude 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 has been posted up on the web-site each Sunday for one week. To see the gardens featured previously, click on “Archives” and the tabs “September 2020”, “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
  • Gel Vivian
  • John Perry

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.

Julie Watkins & Andy’s Garden is this weeks featured garden. Julie describes their garden as follows:

Our house and garden were new when we moved in over 40 years ago. My Dad used to stand in our then unfenced garden and direct the builders to tip all the rubble into garden further down!!!

We developed the garden in those early years with our daughters in mind. My Dad took over the ground behind the garage and used it as his ‘plot’ growing vegetables to show at the Tonbridge Garden Association. He also brought the blackcurrant bushes from his old allotment although sadly we no longer have these. There were always sweet peas and I still grow them every year and I was told that my maternal grandfather also grew them, so this is where my love of them came from. My daughter Suzy now grows them on her allotment, keeping up the family tradition.

In those early years the garden was mainly laid to lawn with small borders round the edge. When our youngest was 2 years old her grandparents bought her a Wendy House, which stood on the sight where the Summer House now stands.

The ‘plot’ was then reduced to about half the size. My dad continued to grow vegetables and won many prizes, one year he grew 50 onions to get 6 to show!

Andy took out 2 conifers to let more light in about 4 years ago and this area is now his domain. We grow potatoes, runner beans, beetroot, onions, lettuce, sweet corn, broad beans, radishes etc.

Three years ago I decided I wanted much larger herbaceous borders and increased the side and back borders by about 5 meters. By this time the conifers that had been planted along the boundary were starting to affect these borders. So when we came back from Mexico this year straight into lock-down we decided to remove these conifers. This has made a tremendous difference to the garden. Plants are appearing that had been previously dormant for years and shrubs are now growing from the back and growing more upright.

Last Autumn I dug out ‘new bed’, which allowed me to grow herbaceous plants, that wouldn’t survive in the back borders.

I hope you enjoy looking at my photos I took of my 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
  • Gill & Bill Long
  • Gel Vivian

Future Gardens will include those of: 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.

John Perry’s Garden is this weeks featured garden. His garden will be well known to many of you as he opens it regularly, not just for the BGA Open Gardens, but also for Hospice in the Weald and the National Garden Scheme. Most of these photos we taken on 3 September, but some are included from the last 5 years so they show a different season and aspect to the garden. John describes his garden:

The original cottage on the site was built in the 1870’s as part of the stable block for Bidborough Court. It was subsequently used for farm managers accommodation, but over the years it had suffered from subsidence and obviously needed to have something done about it. This coincided with our desire to downsize from Four Winds House, so we decided to rebuild on the original site, taking full advantage of the fantastic views. In 2015 we called in some garden designers to create a garden on this very steep and “sheer” site. The result, as you can see, has taken full advantage of the unusual position and although we have continued to work on the garden, considering it is only just 5 years old it looks pretty amazing.

After we moved into the house, in an adjacent field we discovered in the remains of an old Victorian rockery installed by the owner of Bidborough Court as it leads down to the boating lake. There are also two ponds (ex bomb craters?) that we had never noticed before as sheep had obliterated them over the years. We decided to extend the garden to include these features and we are busy planting up this area as an ongoing project. Our real satisfaction from this project is that most of the planting is from our own cuttings and divisions taken from the rest of the garden.

My gardener and I get a great deal of pleasure from the garden and we hope that when things get back to normal we can open the garden up again to visitors, so you can enjoy it too. In the meantime enjoy the pictures below, which include some taken over the last 5 years.

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.