BROOKLANDS HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

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                    We Have Visited Some Fabulous Gardens Over The Years

The Isobella Plantation in May

We had a most enjoyable and educational visit to this wonderful enclosed area within Richmond Park. Thanks to Nick Butler, one of our members, we were given a 2 hour tour by senior gardener Dick Farr. English bluebells were everywhere and we were amazed at the diversity of the trees. Of course the star of the show were the azaleas and rhododendrons.    A much needed sit down at Pembroke Lodge cafe was followed by a short walk to King Henry’s Mound where by turning 360 degrees we could see St Paul’s cathedral, Heathrow Airport, and Windsor Castle.

In June we made a very special visit to Gertrude Jekyll's Garden

Munstead Wood, the home of Gertrude Jekyll is in private ownership, but the garden was opened for us to visit with a private tour with Head Gardener Annabelle Watts. The garden was created some thirteen years before the house designed by the young Edwin Lutyens was built. During this time Miss Jekyll lived next door in The Hut, with garden workrooms, and her trial and experimental gardens.The buildings have been converted into an award-winning home, The Quadrangle, and the gardens restored. We received a fascinating tour by the owner and restorer Gail Naughton.

July was our coach trip and we visited Waterperry Gardens

This was an excellent day out, and we admired this imaculately maintained 8 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens with beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers, classical borders, modern planting, secret corners and long vistas. Many of us took advantage of a quality plant centre and garden shop. The 18th Century granary building provides the perfect backdrop for the Museum of Rural Life exhibiting a wide range of horticultural and agricultural tools, with a friendly and knowledgeable curator giving us a flavour of life in times gone by. We hardly had time to enjoy all Waterperry had to offer.

Tilford Cottage opened specially for us in August

Over the last twenty years, Rod and Pam Burns have turned a grass field surrounding their 17th cottage into a piece of paradise.There were surprises around every corner.  Winding pathways lead in and out of beautiful displays of unusual plants and flowers. There were hedges that had been sculpted to add some fun and interest and various works of garden sculpture created by Rod. He also has a studio with an eclectic collection of paintings, photography and glass fusion.

A Great Guided Tour of Isobella Plantation
A Great Guided Tour of Isobella Plantation
Wonderful use of Water at Isobella Plantation
Wonderful use of Water at Isobella Plantation
Amazing Colour at the Isobella Plantation
Amazing Colour at the Isobella Plantation
Fabulous Borders at Waterperry Gardens
Fabulous Borders at Waterperry Gardens
Fabulous Colours at Waterperry Gardens
Fabulous Colours at Waterperry Gardens
Waterperry's Rose Garden
Waterperry's Rose Garden
The Spring Border at Munstead Wood
The Spring Border at Munstead Wood
A Fun Morning at 
Tilford Cottage
A Fun Morning at
Tilford Cottage
Amazing Living Sculptures by Rob at Tilford Cottage
Amazing Living Sculptures by Rob at Tilford Cottage

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