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Garden History

Welcome -  we know you will enjoy reading about our garden, the next few minutes or so will be entertaining and inspiring  When you visit our garden on one of our many open days we shall be delighted to show you around and you will be impressed and absolutely amazed – promise.

We first came to this southwest facing, quarter acre acid soil garden just over seventeen years ago.  Although in a mature area, the garden had been altered by previous owners to provide a badminton lawn, vegetable plot and interconnecting fishponds with new fencing to the rear and very little planting. We laid turf to the vegetable area and planted shrubs from our previous garden in one small border.  Only robust evergreens were planted over the next few years to fill and hide the fence as the garden for many years was primarily for the children.  As the need for play space diminished, the horticulturist emerged!

Now the garden may be considered small by some standards but we can assure you there are so many wonderful and unusual plants and many water features that you will be intrigued.

There are several different areas that interconnect through arches and pergolas dripping in roses, clematis and honeysuckle.  Much blood, sweat and tears has made this garden what it is.  All hard landscaping – water features, pergola, arches, trellis, steps etc have been designed by ‘er in doors’ and carefully built by ‘im outdoors’.  Our latest water extravaganza is a two metre (well nearly) tall waterfall adding to our other seven water features.  

We try to garden with wildlife in mind therefore many wildflowers are planted to encourage insects and butterflies (it has been pointed out that we have weeds – that is the whole idea !  Song thrushes are very helpful in keeping the snails at bay judging by the empty shells scattered around. There are seventy or more clematis and forty or so hardy geraniums throughout the garden, together with many hardy perennials and grasses.  There are gravel areas with a variety of Hostas and ferns. 

A well stocked greenhouse and nursery area are an absolute must if you wish to buy a plant some of which are unusual as grown by specialist seed and raised or propagated here in the garden.

Our garden has appeared on television and in various publications and won various categories in the Southampton in Bloom Competition over the years.  In 2003 we were extremely fortunate to win Best Overall Garden in the Southampton in Bloom Competition and I have been honoured to be asked to be a judge in 2004.

We have been opening the garden for charity for the past six years or so. We derive great pleasure from our many visitors who are so charming and thoughtful and make our enjoyment of our garden so much more pleasurable.

When you visit, you will be assured of a very warm welcome by all the family, son, daughter and fiancée, sister etc and neighbours.  Homemade cakes and tea can be enjoyed from a variety of seating in sun and shade and even in the indoor swimming pool building  with WC, should the weather be unpredictable


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