The Kyoto Garden – a hidden London gem and winter inspiration for the garden

    It was really quite a dull January day by the time I walked through Holland Park in West London yesterday afternoon. The skies really had clouded over and in the trees in seemed quite dark. I had stopped by to have a look at the The Kyoto Garden, a japanese garden I had read about as one of London’s best ‘secret gardens’. I wasn’t disappointed – it is a hidden gem that is well worth a visit.

Good enough to eat – West Dean Gardens

>Last month I did manage to visit one fantastic garden and on this grey, murky day I just thought I’d share some sunny photos of that day in October! West Dean Gardens are the grounds to West Dean College in West Sussex which is a renowned College offering post-graduate and short courses in various arts, crafts and garden design. The gardens include a wonderfully restored Victorian kitchen garden. That put it on the list for a visit as part of researching […]

A wonderful week at Great Dixter

> I’m still revelling in the experiences I had last week at Great Dixter, a magnificent garden in Sussex known for the daring, unusual and exciting planting schemes created by the late Christopher Lloyd and continued by his head garden Fergus Garrett. It is a truly inspiring place to have spent a week working – the spirit of the garden is unique and I hope that even just a tiny bit of it will have rubbed off on me and will […]

Back at Inner Temple, but this time just to enjoy the flowers!

>When I was at the Bar I used to enjoy the odd lunch in Inner Temple gardens when work and weather allowed. Inner Temple (and Middle Temple) are sandwiched between Fleet Street and the Thames, a network of alleyways and squares with grand buildings providing home to numerous sets of barristers. Perhaps Inner Temple is best known today (at least as far as tourists are concerned) for its church which gives a star turn in The Da Vinci Code!  Big alliums make a big impact Inner Temple gardens are […]