Doddington Place Gardens

Near Sittingbourne, Kent.

Alstroemeria Ben

Posted: August 31st, 2015

plant nurseriesLilies of the Incas, Peruvian Lilies, or alstroemerias are beloved by florists due to their longevity as a cut flower. ‘”The perfect flower”’ is how our team describe them’ says Ben Cross, the fourth generation of his family to grow alstroemerias in a wholesale nursery near Chichester, West Sussex.…

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The Queen of Topiary

Posted: July 3rd, 2015

What’s not to love about topiary? Its whimsicality appeals to everyone whether they are gardeners or not. All manner of topiary can be found at the splendidly named Balmoral, one of the most original gardens made in England in the past few decades. Hidden away behind Benenden Church, in the…

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Goodnestone Park Garden – a quintessential English country house garden in Kent.

Posted: February 24th, 2015

These days snowdrops are all the rage and more and more special 'Snowdrop Days' are springing up each year all over the country.  But it was not always thus  'One hardly ever heard about them when I first started gardening'  Margaret, Lady FitzWalter told me earlier this month.  What plant I wonder is ignored today that…

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Useful Photographic Tips From a Celebrated Garden Photographer.

Posted: January 13th, 2015

‘A day not in a garden is a day wasted’ says the celebrated garden photographer, Marianne Majerus. ( and @MarianneMajeru5. What does it take to become one of the leading international garden photographers I recently asked Marianne? ‘The more you look, the more you see different angles’ was her deceptively…

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Border Lines Garden Tours

Posted: January 5th, 2015

Border Lines Early January can only mean one thing to avid garden visitors - the arrival on their doorstep of the latest Border Lines brochure. now in its twenty-eighth year specialises in exclusive garden tours both in Britain and overseas. Owned and run by James Bolton since 2008, Border…

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All you need to know about Sweet Peas – Top tips for growing this ravishing flower.

Posted: October 15th, 2014

Philip Johnson of wwww.johnsonssweetpeas has been captivated by sweet peas ever since his childhood. ’I first grew them when I was 9 years old’. A doyen of sweet pea aficionados Philip is extraordinarily knowledgeable about sweet peas and more than happy to share his tips for growing this beguiling…

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Glorious PYO English Flowers in the heart of Kent.

Posted: October 1st, 2014

‘Pick your own flowers’ is a beguiling idea. High up on the greensand ridge above the Kentish Weald near Maidstone, Kent, ‘Blooming Green (’ is England’s only ‘PYO' cut flower business. Not surprisingly it is extraordinarily popular. The day I visited there were several extremely happy looking mothers with smiling children going…

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Offbeat Flowers: Gardening in the Hebrides

Posted: September 1st, 2014

As one drives along the West Coast of the ravishing Isle of Mull it is hard to concentrate on the single track road ahead let alone spot the passing places for cars, such is the sheer beauty of the landscape.  But I defy any garden loving tourist visiting Mull not…

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Window Dressing in SW1

Posted: August 8th, 2014

Any gardener pounding the streets of London is heartened by the sight of floral displays in whatever form they take.  Recently I wandered around the white stucco terraces of Pimlico designed by Thomas Cubitt in the 19th century to see what I could find spilling out of window boxes.  As anyone knows…

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Parham’s glorious flower arrangements worthy of Downton Abbey

Posted: July 9th, 2014

A thrilling highlight amongst the many memorable features of Parham House in West Sussex are the exquisite floral arrangements found in the rooms open to the public.  Unlike other stately homes where a potted geranium or two, or even, dare I say it, a forlorn vase of silk flowers is…

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