Janella organised a fabulous day trip this year to visit three gardens in Lincolnshire. What follows is a photographic journal of our day but the pictures cannot hope to do justice to the real thing! Click on the links to the gardens for the full history and design features.
First stop was Brightwater Gardens at Saxby http://brightwatergardens.co.uk
|We were welcomed by Chris Neave who told us of the history of the site and told us that the key to designing a garden is to keep it simple|
|The The Husqvarna Automower is a robot that cuts the grass for you — quietly, not reliant on good weather or tea and biscuits but just charges itself up. #mower envy|
|James and daughter|
|The Poppies were stunning. Close up the area was made up of many different coloured flowers, both single and double forms|
There is also a church which was probably designed by Capability Brown about 1775 and family mausoleum plus a green burial meadow.
Before we left, the Red Arrows who are based at nearby RAF Scampton gave us a spectacular aerial display emitting streams of red, white and blue as they prepared for the Trooping of the Colour the next day.
We couldn't imagine that the other gardens could live up to this one, so we were well impressed with our second garden, Goltho Gardens at Wragby http://www.golthogardens.com/ complete with coffee shop and nursery open to the public.
|Debbie Hollingworth, garden creator and Head Gardener|
|Double herbaceous borders with paths leading off to smaller gardens|
|Bridge over a boggy area|
Last but not least was Mill Farm at Grasby. https://www.millfarmgarden.co.uk/
|With a view of the Lincolnshire Wolds, this garden had the wow factor at every turn|
|Helen and Mike Boothman spend all their time on this garden|
|We wondered why the swing didn't take in the view|
The fernery was in a former mill
Three wonderful gardens, lovely company plus tea and cake, we came home laden with plants and ideas. A day to remember!
The Paxton Summer Show on 24th June
The next meeting is the Friday Forum mini show on 7th July and categories are as follows:
CLASS 1: One bloom HT Rose
CLASS 2: One Stem Floribunda Rose
CLASS 3: One Stem any other Rose
CLASS 4: One vase Sweet Peas
CLASS 5: One vase Pinks
CLASS 6: One vase cut flowers, judged for frontal effects
CLASS 7: One pot plant
CLASS 8: Flower arranging – Take Five Flowers
It’s the taking part that matters!