I want to take this time to answer questions that I have been asked about the gardens we have visited in the UK. I was not in a specialized, or planned, garden tour with a group. First, I joined the National Trust Society (in the U.S. it is called The Royal Oak Society) I do not remember exactly how I came to know about the National Garden Schemes, (maybe Facebook or through a nursing group) but I planned and researched each trip on my own, in order to visit the National Trust homes and the gardens on the NGS. We spent many summers driving from garden to garden! All the listings were in the books I received after joining their societies. I just picked an area I thought would be interesting and went for it! I was not disappointed! The gardens we have visited have been splendid and visiting the many gardens each day was part of our best vacations ever! We loved driving around the countryside, eating in the local pubs, discovering the gardens, and visiting with other gardeners! This allowed us to get out and really enjoy the locals and learn about the UK! Many times we were the only Americans visiting the gardens that day…..so we became popular too! I would have a particular date we would be in the UK, then pick a specific area, and then see what gardens were available on those days. One of my best finds was Warninglid……..the entire village was on the tour that day! They put a lot of work in to coordinate all these gardens. We were there all day and it was fabulous! And, this is exactly what every American pictures an English village and the perfect garden to look like! Here are just a few photos from their gardens!
PS We got to Warninglid very early and I am glad we did……..They had a field roped off for parking, because there are basically two streets that make up the village. I called them the old cottage street and the new cottage street. Without the field there never would be enough places for all the cars and busses that showed up that day! Bisecting the two streets was the village pub. Out back of the pub, many villagers had brought their own tables and chairs so you could also join in the village BBQ and pie contest………what could be more fun, I ask you? We stayed for it all! The gardens were never fully packed, even with all the folks, because there were so many gardens to see. They made sure to divvy us up at both ends so we all met up at the pub eventually!
I hope you have enjoyed my SOS in Warninglid!
The instructions for SOS are easy. The photos can be flowers, vegetables, a garden design, whatever, as long as it’s garden related and posted on Saturday! So, its six photos. Of Gardens. On Saturday. Easy Peasy. To see all the SOS’s look at SIX ON SATURDAY, hosted by the Propagator, to check out all of them each Saturday! See you next week!