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Garden Museum – twice in a week!



I’ve been meaning to return to the Garden Museum for months after it reopened following its redevelopment earlier in the year.  And then, like London buses, two opportunities arose in a week.

Firstly, I went with some of my lovely Capel Manor friends (who I studied with for the last two years) to the Quiz Night (where we came an embarrassing last!) It was a very jolly evening despite, and great to catch up with my fellow Garden Designers, all of whom (except me) are now either already – or on the path to – earning their living via gardening and garden design.  I’m really so proud of them!

Aside from catching up, we also had a bit of a whistle stop tour around the exhibits and for me, one of the highlights was the exhibition of the winners of the NGS photography competition.

The one shown above was overall amateur winner:image

What’s so exciting for me about this is that apart from being a fabulous photo, it’s of the garden of a friend of mine on the Isle of Wight, and I too was there for the NGS opening this summer.  It really was the most beautiful summer’s day and the garden was looking magnificent.

The second visit involved these chaps:image

Before the Quiz Night had been arranged, I’d already booked to attend a “textiles workshop” with Debby Brown.  The session took place in the lovely, light new Clore Learning Space.

We drew round pattern pieces on plain calico and then painted them with acrylic paint.


Having cut them out, sewn them and stuffed them, adding legs along the way, we all ended up with one finished bird, and most of us had a second in progress.

I was quite chuffed with my chirpy chap!image

How lovely to see the museum open again – and also to sample the wonderful food in the cafe.  I’ll definitely be back.










Anyone for Badminton?

IMG_2375This was my first NGS visit of the year, and my first time to this garden, and whilst I always travel hopefully, I do worry I’ll be disappointed (particularly with the mother in law in tow….)

Not a chance!  Although a handout given on entry suggested they’d suffered “two bad winters and some illness” and “many changes have had to be made due to flooding and loss of trees” I thought the garden was glorious.  Today was hot and sunny and it was delightful to lose yourself in an acre of garden which actually had quite a lot of shade, thanks to some unusual shrubs and trees.

The area that I particularly liked was the planting around the stream, fabulous Viburnum,IMG_2346

some lovely irisesIMG_2354

stunning fernsIMG_2360

and a lot of vertical planting.  There were many structures with climbers including Clematis and a Schisandra Rudiflora, but I particularly like this very pale Wisteria arch.IMG_2396

I couldn’t resist this shot of the ‘resting’ wheelbarrows, but it was also to try to show the white Clematis Montana which has clambered right across the garage roof.IMG_2377

And lastly, what is this lovely blue plant which was growing in the hedgerow as we approached the garden?  Both flowers and leaves look rather like Pulmonaria, but it’s massive – must be over 4ft tall.  Any ideas? IMG_2403

With many thanks to Mr and Mrs Montrose for generously sharing their lovely garden.