Friday, 16 September 2011

OBs enjoyed a beautiful morning at Gravetye Manor Gardens on Friday 16th September with inspiring Head Gardener Tom Coward.

Tom gave an impassioned tour of the estate, and its wonderful Autumn colours, though he did note that if we retuned in the next few weeks that the colours would be even more spectacular as the trees deepened in hue. Famous for being created by William Robinson, arguably one of England’s greatest gardeners, Tom has been working hard to breathe new life into the gardens following some years of neglect.  He has done this to the most wonderful effect, and it was a pleasure to listen to him speak so knowledgeably about Robinson and his theories, and also on the garden itself and how they have experimented in the last year with planting and design.

A superb lunch followed, in the exquisite surrounding of the Manor, and we all agreed that another trip for the Spring should be planned!

"…beauty was never lost sight of; nothing was done without considering its effect on the landscape from every point of view…"
William Robinson on Gravetye Manor 1918

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