From Spain to Woking, Cambridge to Bath: many more miles have been covered in the past few weeks. The whirlwind of travel has ended (for now) with our last two weeks in England being settled happily at Hidcote. After spending a full week in one place, I am finally able to make a coherent grocery store list and have time to stroll around the garden and the surrounding area.
A couple weeks ago, we completed a placement at the Royal Horticulture Society Garden, Wisley. Here, we spent the week rotating through many areas of the garden, meeting an entirely new team each day. We spent a day each with the formal, herbaceous, woodland, alpine, and glasshouse teams. Each morning, we would get a short tour of the areas we were working in. This was good perspective because Wisley is a garden that evolves over time. Changes are made for the long-term and the garden is not the same as it has always been. This is different than the National Trust properties we have worked with, where conservation is usually of top priority. Special thanks to the garden team and administration at Wisley who welcomed us to their garden for the week. The scale of Wisley is incredible; here are some photos:
I took a detour on the way back to Hidcote to visit a garden center and a garden (shocking, eh?). Both of them were back separate mile long one lane roads, so it was an adventure as always! The garden center was called special plants; a apt name for the selection that was packed into the tiny space.
The garden I visited was called Iford Manor. Built stepped down on hill, this garden was stunning to explore. The main feature was certainly the architecture, which provided a charm to the place that’s not easily achieved. The place had the “untouched” feel of a garden that does not have a lot of visitor traffic.
Here at Hidcote, hedge cutting has begun which is a daunting task that will be carried out over the next few months. Combined with end of summer maintenance, there is a lot to keep everyone busy. We are enjoying our last days in this beautiful place.