We’re having a really fun week taking a private group from North America around some of our favourite gardens in South East England before they visit the Centenary RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London on Friday.
On Sunday we went to Great Dixter where we were treated to a dazzling display of spring colour and came away vowing to be far more courageous with tulips in the future.
We also explored Great Dixter’s historic Oast House before taking advantage of Sunday’s warm sunshine to lunch in the picturesque ‘Antient’ Cinque Port town of Rye.
Yesterday we were at the fabulous RHS gardens at Wisley where everyone found their favourites: from magnificent azaleas and rhododendrons on Battleston Hill, acres of Fruit Fields in full-blossom and exquisite spring alpine displays, to the rare and very special treat of seeing the extraordinary Jade Vine in full aquamarine bloom in the Glass House for the first time in eight years.
Today it’s the splendours of Leeds Castle and Vita Sackville West’s dreamy Sissinghurst then on to the castle gardens of Nymans, Scotney and Hever Castle later in the week.
The success of Australia’s magnificent Trailfinders Australian Show Garden, presented by Flemings, which won a Gold Medal plus the coveted ‘Best in Show’ at the Chelsea Flower Show earlier today, may even bring more visitors from Australia to Chelsea next year.
Many congratulations and we will look forward to showing you around the best of the glorious gardens of ‘The Garden of England’ while you are here!
Meanwhile I’ll be relaxing during my own visit to the Chelsea Flower Show on Friday. The past few years I have been lucky enough to work on various (Gold Medal winning!) Show Gardens so it will be a change to see the Show from a visitor’s perspective.