Country Gardener

Widely regarded as the authority on gardening in the south west

Garden visits

Dipley Mill

“One of the most beautiful gardens in Hampshire” according to Alan Titchmarsh in his TV programme Love Your Garden.  Visitors can wander by the meandering streams surrounding this Domesday Book listed mill owned by Miss Rose McMonigall. and explore many magical areas, such as the Rust garden, the pill-box grotto or the ornamental courtyard, or just escape into wild meadows. There will be new garden areas opening this year. There are animals to see, and local fruit stalls (depending on availability).

Cerney House

A romantic walled garden four miles from Cirencester, around the house that was remodelled at the end of the 18th century, and is owned by Lady Angus who has developed the garden with her daughter Barbara McPherson. It is filled with old-fashioned roses and herbaceous borders. There is also an organic working kitchen garden, a scented garden, a well-labelled herb garden, and general mixed borders. In all there are 40 acres, and at this time of year the main interest are the spring bulbs that grow all around the wooded grounds.

Andrews Corner

A favourite garden for many visitors which last year marked 40 years of opening for the Yellow Book, Andrew’s Corner is situated on the northern side of Dartmoor at approximately 1,000 feet above sea level. It faces south and provides a contrast between the rugged grandeur of Dartmoor and the verdant serenity of a cultivated garden, with a very wide range of unusual trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants for year round effect, including a snowdrop collection, alpines, rhododendrons, bulbs, and maples giving spectacular autumn colour.

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