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DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 63,786

Talking on another thread about visiting the wonderful garden of a stately home next summer, I thought it would be interesting to think about what we get out of such visits.

There are amazing plants and fantastic hard landscaping, structure and water features etc that we cannot possibly replicate in our gardens, coupled with space, facilities and staff that we can only dream of.

Apart from wallowing in the sheer beauty of it all, what do you take home to your garden?


“I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh



  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Hello again everyone (had a v. busy summer, so could not post anything) Dove, I adore going to see big gardens, sometimes with a neighbour who has a big herbacious border and we behave like 2 school girls on a day trip. At Houghton Hall this summer, I think we were more excited by the gardens than by the stunning Art Exhibition. We always come away with ideas for planting, summer houses, composting; we track down the gardeners and bombard them with questions, in fact we generally make a nuisance of ourselves.image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 63,786

    Oooh Hello artjak - good to see you again image  Were you at Houghton Hall too?  We went with friends to look at the art, but we stayed on to wander the gardens and grounds - and to buy plants image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 21,839

    First of all it's a great way of relaxing so it's good for body and soul.  Then, of course, ideas of what I do and don't like, plant combinations to copy or inspire, new plants I haven't seen in the flesh before and, if I'm lucky, some goodies from the plant sweetie shop at the end but they don't always have one and some are over-priced or badly cared for.  I was thoroughly disappointed and rather disgusted by the offerings when I went to Sissinghurst but Great Dixter certainly made up for that.    

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Thank you Dove, which gardens did you visit last summer?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    Hello artjak, welcome back.

    I'm having a year off next year. No big projects, no opening my garden, no commitments. I shall be visiting gardens. All recommendations considered.

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 9,233

    I love garden visiting - for spotting new plants, what looks good with what and generally just soaking up the atmosphere.  Each winter I think I must do more visiting - but then my garden seems to monopolise all my time once the summer comes round again.  I need more weekends !!

    We did not inherit the earth from our grandparents.  We’re borrowing it from our children.
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Hello Nutcutlet, thank you. I went to Stow Bardolph (?) some years ago and that was lovely. But my fave visit this year was when doing my 'compost master' thing at some allotments in Hunstanton; I learnt so much; from a brilliant pipe and gutter arrangement around a small greenhouse for catching rain, to just the standard of the veg and the plots were big! Much bigger than my humble veg bed, those allotmenteers worked very hard. They all seemed to rub along pretty well together, though I have heard about 2 other allotments in Norfolk where the people seem to be at loggerheads all the time; v. sad.

    I like the garden in Wisbech attached to Peckover House, they have some wonderful trees. All these places as you may agree, benefit from being visited before August, after that they can present a rather tired look.

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Nothing to add only wanted to say missed you artjak...was so chuffed when you liked my old apple tree.image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    I like Peckover House artjak.

    I  like that blousy, overgrown, end of season look as well, I first visited Peckover House in that state.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 63,786

    I keep meaning to visit Peckover House - it's been on my list for ages!  We didn't get out to many this summer as we were so busy working on this one and visiting the Aged Ps.  We went to The Old Vicarage at East Ruston and Houghton Hall and have visited Nutcutlet's garden twice this year.  We also had a guided tour of Touchwood  in South Wales, home of the two National Collections of Aquilegias.  image

    Now I've got more time on my hands I hope to get out more!!!

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

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