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  • Gardens in Rutland open under National Garden Scheme 2017

    Gardens in Rutland open under National Garden Scheme 2017

    I am indebted to our County organiser Rose deJardin for allowing me to share this information with you. For fuller details, especially regarding directions and disabled access, please refer to ngs.org.uk   Gunthorpe Hall, near Oakham. Sat Nav LE15 8BE WHEN? Sunday 26 March 2017 2-5pm. Admission £4. Light refreshments. Owner Tim Haywood inherited a large country house garden with extensive views over Rutland. It opens in spring when the naturalised daffodils in the old... Continue reading

  • New Geoff Hamilton Winter Border at Barnsdale Gardens

    New Geoff Hamilton Winter Border at Barnsdale Gardens

    I love Barnsdale Gardens and visit several times a year. But in truth, rarely in the depths of winter, when gardens go to sleep – well, my garden certainly does! But when I bumped into Nick Hamilton at the Discover Rutland Tourism Forum, he enthused about the 9,000 snowdrops in the new Geoff Hamilton Winter Border, each one planted individually, which would be making their presence felt by February. So it was that on Friday,... Continue reading

  • Gardens & Parks in & around Rutland

    Gardens & Parks in & around Rutland

    BARNSDALE GARDENS: If you are old enough to have watched Gardeners World on TV in the 1980s/90s presented by the late Geoff Hamilton then you will be familiar with Barnsdale Gardens. Today Geoff’s son Nick Hamilton runs Barnsdale as a visitor attraction, garden and plant nursery, with more than 30 different garden ‘rooms’ to see, many of which were designed and planted for TV. CLIPSHAM YEW AVENUE: The topiaried yew trees once lined the carriage... Continue reading

  • Barnsdale Gardens Rutland: Spring

    Barnsdale Gardens Rutland: Spring

    I visited Barnsdale Gardens in Rutland today, for the first time (I’m ashamed to admit) and had a marvellous three hours.  It has been a glorious day for exploring Rutland and I went in search of inspiration for my about-to-be-built-blank-canvas of a garden.  And I found it, in the 39 individual gardens, each a self-contained ‘room’ with a different gardening and planting style, all joined together by a network of pathways and naturalised plantings.  The... Continue reading