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  • 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

  • What’s on in Rutland this Weekend

    What’s on in Rutland this Weekend

    5 THINGS TO DO IN RUTLAND 9 & 10 FEBRUARY 2013 Barnsdale Gardens: 10am-4pm every day.  Spring Flower fortnight starts Monday 11 February, but if, like me, you work then head along this weekend to admire the hellebores, snowflakes, daphne and, over the next couple of weeks anemone blanda, dwarf iris and other harbingers of longer days and warmer weather.  £5 entrance fee. Rutland Ramblers: on Sunday morning 10 February, this friendly walking group will... Continue reading

  • What’s on in Rutland this weekend

    Five random places to visit and things to do in Rutland this weekend 1. The Priest’s House, Easton on the Hill – displays on the mining and use of Collyweston Slate, and early ironstone quarrying 2. Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham – 90 pots created by top Korean potter Lee Kang Hyo.  Free admission 3. Barnsdale Gardens – walks and walks about Roses (Saturday). Normal admission prices 4. Tolethorpe Open Air Theatre – the Stamford Shakespeare Company... 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