Explore Gardens to Visit in Oxfordshire this Summer
This is the time of year that gardeners come out of hibernation and can reveal the results of their efforts. It’s the season for garden shows and show-offs. If you’re looking for inspiration for your garden, go to one of the many exhibitions taking place over the summer and you’re bound to pick up lots of ideas as well as useful advice from passionate horticulturalists.
Gardens for Inspiration
In and around Oxfordshire are some of the finest gardens in the world, many with historical interest. Kelmscott Manor, with its natural setting of barns, dovecote and stream, was an inspiration to William Morris. Chastleton House, used as a film location for the BBC series ‘Wolf Hall,’ displays unusual Jacobian topiary and a herbaceous border planted by the famous designer Gertude Jekyll. The breathtaking gardens at Rousham truly take centre stage, our director, Sheena, takes tours around the gardens at Rousham, click here for a flavour of the gardens. If trees are of interest to you, the Batsford arboretum has one of the finest private collections of trees and shrubs in the country.
Oxfordshire is blessed with beautiful towns and villages, many of which hold open garden weekends over the summer months.Often garden owners are an untapped source of knowledge about what grows best in their area and are all too willing to share ideas. You might even find some are willing to part with a few cutting or seeds from precious plants! To find out which village gardens are open in your area look at the National Directory of Open Gardens on www.opengardens.co.uk.
Often you don’t even have to leave your street to pick up ideas for your garden. Looking at what grows best in your neighbour’s plot is a good indication of what will work in yours. Most of us gardeners enjoy a small amount of horticultural rivalry with those around us and keeping up with the Joneses is a fairly essential ingredient in gardening. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of healthy competition amongst flowerbeds!
On June 10th, Mr and Mrs Farrands from the charming village of Iffley, will be opening their inspiring garden as part of the National Gardens Scheme. Oxford Garden Design help Mr and Mrs Farrands keep their gardens looking good all year round. But it has to be said there will be a little pressure in the lead up to June to get the garden looking picture perfect! The garden, seen here on the right, is packed with inspiration and a credit to the owners who transformed it after extensive building work. There are seven other gardens to see in Iffley village on June 10th, varying in style from the large Malt House garden, to a thatched 17th Century cottage garden and family gardens with mixed herbaceous borders. It should make a great afternoon out for garden lovers.
Gardening is a wonderful way to encourage people to share their skills as well as to enhance a community spirit.