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English GardensTour 2012

First stop The Manor House at Upton Grey:

First stop The Manor House at Upton Grey

Designed by Gertrude Jekyll restored by Rosamund Wallinger:

Designed by Gertrude Jekyll restored by Rosamund Wallinger Gertrude Rosamunde

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Arches formed with rope.

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Above: Roman road runs through the property.

Day 1, stop 2 Lunch and Gardens at Tylney Hall:

Day 1, stop 2 Lunch and Gardens at Tylney Hall Gertrude again!

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66 acres of garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll.

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Two lines of mature redwoods. (above) The croquet lawn. (right)

Day 1; Stop 3 West Green House:

Day 1; Stop 3 West Green House The Opera Lawn

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Teddy Bear topiary. (above)

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Our home base nights 1 and 2 Hungerford

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Near the hotel were canals and canal boats….

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Day 2; Stop 1 Avebury town and stone circle

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We were greeted by a darling little girl showing us the cookies she had made and pretty gardens along the sidewalks.

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Day 2; Stop 2 Abbey House Gardens (the Naked Gardeners)

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Imagine pruning this while you are naked!

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Day 3; Stop 2 Barnsley House A Rosemary Verey (left) home and garden. With Richard the Head Gardener below.

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Jennifer with the rhubarb (above). Pat at right. The Barnsley House vegetable garden at right.

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Day 3; Stop 3 C oughton Court

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Above: View of the family church from the garden. Below: View of the entry garden from the house.

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Days 3 and 4 Overnight in Stratford on Avon

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Richard III in the Shakespeare garden.

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Day 4; Stop 1 Hidcote A “garden of rooms”

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This Lebanon cedar was the only plant here before the garden was designed by Lawrence Johnston, an American.

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Long views between rooms (left) and Jill in the rain.

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Day 4; Stop 2; Mill Dene

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Wendy Dare, owner/gardener gives us a talk.

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Day 5; Stop 1 Blenheim Castle

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In the Secret Garden

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Day 5; Stop 2- Wisley

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Our home for Day 5 and 6; Chilston Park Country Hotel

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Day 6 ; Stop 1 Sissinghurst A Vita Sackville-West garden.

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More succulents! We loved them.

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Many gardens sold vegetables and plants.

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Day 6; Stop 3 Hole Park

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Quentin, the Head Gardener, gives us a tour.

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Day 7; Stop 1 Great Dixter A Tudor home with gardens by Christopher Lloyd.

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Right: Examples of what is blooming. Left: Vegetables for sale with the “Honesty Box”.

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Making a succulent display Before (left) After (right)

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Christopher Lloyd loved dachsunds and had several which frequently bit his house guests. Dachsund watering cans - right A low shelf in the tool shed (left)

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A few garden samples.

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Day 7; Stop 3 Hever Castle, home of Anne Boleyn

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Beautiful Italianate gardens and a lake.

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Also, lots of topiaries.

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Day 7; Stop 4 Back to London

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The Chelsea Flower Show

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The Chelsea Flower Show benefits Army retirees who live together in this “hospital”. They are called the Chelsea Pensioners and wear red coats as seen below.

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The Chelsea Flower Show is: Garden Design Competition – large and small Flower arrangement competition Displays by growers of all different plants for sale Gardening items of all kinds on display and for sale and so much more!

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Garden Competitions

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Alan Titschmarsh , a really famous gardener (in England at least) and TV garden reporter.

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Floral Design Competition Sushi from flowers.

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A tribute to the Queen, floral Corgi’s.

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Plant Specimen Exhibits

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Even vegetables were on display, Parsnip anyone?

Art using flowers:

Art using flowers Hint: The houses are a painting, the gardens and boat are real.

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And lots of gloves!

Leaving the flower show, tired but happy. :

Leaving the flower show, tired but happy.

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