Doddington Place Gardens

Crossing the Borders

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 (www.bloominggreen.co.uk)’ 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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Why dahlias are today’s hottest trend.

Posted: September 19th, 2014

Love them or hate them dahlias are all the rage these days.  It is astonishing that not so very long ago dahlias were regarded by many as flowers in the worst possible taste.  It is thanks to the likes of the visionary Sarah Raven www.sarahraven.com that they are once again…

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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 www.parhaminsussex.co.uk 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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