The Garden That Fairy-Tales are Made Of; Post One

St George Church, Benenden, UK
St George Church, Benenden, UK

This is the story about a beautiful garden, where the birds sang so sweetly, and a fairy cottage filled with vases of fresh picked bouquets from the garden. But, first we have to find this garden…….. take a narrow road to the Weald of Kent….. turn into the horseshoe lane around the cricket pitch set on the village green…..……

The Cricket Pitch, Benenden, UK
The Cricket Pitch, Benenden, UK

Turn right at St George Church with the lichen-covered wall, onto a much smaller lane……..

St George Church, Benenden, UK
St George Church, Benenden, UK
The Lane, Benenden, UK
The Lane, Benenden, UK

Go past the public walking path, down the graveled lane and turn into the gate.

Public Foot Path, Benenden, UK
Public Foot Path, Benenden, UK
The Smaller Lane. Benenden,UK
The Smaller Lane. Benenden, UK

Follow that lane unto you come to the gardeners’ house and then follow the path into the garden of the Potting Shed.  Then follow the path through the arbor……….. are you still following me?

The Path to the Potting Shed, Benenden, UK
The Path to the Potting Shed, Benenden, UK

Turn to the right and follow the path through another garden gate……….

The Path to the Potting Shed, Benenden, UK
The Path to the Potting Shed, Benenden, UK

You have discovered paradise! The Potting Shed!

The Garden Shed, Benenten, UK
The Potting Shed, Benenden, UK
The Potting Shed, Benenden, UK
The Potting Shed, Benenden, UK
Outside the Potting Shed, Benenden, UK
Outside the Potting Shed, Benenden, UK
The Potting Shed, Benenden, UK
The Potting Shed, Benenden, UK
The Potting Shed, Benenden, UK
The Potting Shed, Benenden, UK
The Potting Shed, Benenden, UK
The Potting Shed, Benenden, UK 
The Garden at the Potting Shed, Benenden, UK
One of the Many Gardens at the Potting Shed, Benenden, UK
The Garden at the Potting Shed, Benenden, UK
The Front Garden at the Potting Shed, Benenden, UK

Step outside the cottage and follow the gravel paths. There were the vegetable gardens, and the flower gardens, intermingled with sculptures of all sizes and textures, and finely scissored topiary gardens. So much to see!

The Sculpture in the Garden
The Sculpture in the Garden, Everything Has a Use
The Sculpture in the Garden
The Sculpture in the Garden, the Potting Shed
Walking Through the Garden, The Potting Shed, Benenden, UK
Walking Through to Another Garden, The Potting Shed, Benenden, UK
The First Vegetable Patch, The Potting Shed, Benenden, UK
The First Vegetable Patch, The Potting Shed, Benenden, UK

There was a private spot in the garden with a table and chairs where one could remanence about the day over a bottle of wine, and watch the sun sink below the clouds. Or you could follow path, after path, going deeper into the gardens.

The Outdoor Dining, The Garden Shed, Benenden, UK
The Outdoor Dining, The Garden Shed, Benenden, UK
The Topiary Garden, Benenden, UK
One of the Topiary Gardens, Benenden, UK

I LOVED the little round balls cut into the hedge of massive boxwood! And what about these giant topiary birds!

The Topiary Garden, Benenden, UK

Turn the key! I can’t wait to go inside!

Turn the Key, The Potting Shed
Turn the Key, The Potting Shed

The flowers picked from the garden are waiting to greet us! Tomorrow there will be posts from inside the Potting Shed and details on how to make reservations to stay there! See you in the garden! Just the first of many gardens on my Second English Garden Tour!

One Bunch of Welcome Flowers
One Bunch of Welcome Flowers

Don and Charlotte at the Potting Shed in Benenden, Kent, can be reached Here. I am writing many posts on the Potting Shed so be sure to check them all out! Enjoy!

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