Monday, 17 July 2017

Garden Tour Part 1 Cannington Walled Gardens

This year's garden tour was based fairly locally, in Somerset and Dorset, staying two night in a B&B in the lovely village of Montacute, and then another two nights in Dorchester. It's amazing how many gardens there are to visit, and we fitted in few. Well organised gardens open to the public tend to be very photogenic, I decided therefore to give each garden its own blogpost, so what follows will be lots of photos of gardens. Gardens were generally picked because they were RHS partner gardens, National Trust properties, or Historic Houses and Gardens or very famous like Hestercombe

We started with the Walled Gardens of Cannington, easily recognised from the road by the the sandstone wall running around them.

Located in the village of Cannington, Somerset, The Walled Gardens of Cannington lie within the grounds of a medieval priory and many of its fine buildings, including the walls of the garden, remain. Having undergone extensive redevelopment, the Gardens were officially opened by HRH the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward.

Since then they have been accredited as a ‘quality assured visitor attraction' by VisitEngland and named as a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) partner garden. The Gardens are home to a Plant Heritage National Plant Collection® of Deschampsia and Santolina. All are displayed in a modern prairie style planting in our Collections Garden.
I particularly liked the flowers on this Beschorneria yuccoides, there were several of these around the garden. There were also some attractive drifts of flowers
and these Californian poppies looked fabulous with the grey leaved plants
There was a comfortable tea room and interesting shop.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Simone Dawood's Open Studio

Simone Dawood is opening her studio as part of Marlborough Open Studios which takes place for the whole of July. I went along to her opening night on Friday 7 July, intending to put up this post that night in order to encourage you to visit her open studio.
Simone's studio in Bushton is open today, and next weekend, so there is still time to visit. There's a large sign outside, indicating she's part of the Marlborough Open Studios art trail.
Simone's studio is set in the most glorious Wiltshire countryside near to Clyffe Pypard, with hills rising a field or so away:
 It's a lovely space, clearly labelled
 And Simone is very welcoming
 The evening gave everyone a chance to chat to each other, look round the garden
 and of course look inside the studio
 at the glorious Ridgeway landscapes
 It was hard to capture the paintings without someone in front of them, and I'm encouraging you to go and have a look this weekend, or next, so didn't want to photograph them too carefully anyway.
 And a few more
 I bought some cards so I can keep looking at my favourite paintings, you still have time to visit.