Here’s a sample of some of the gardens we’ll be visiting.

WISLEY   “Where else can you see and compare a traditional perennial border, double Piet Oudolf borders and a huge planting by Tom Stuart-Smith on one location? The home of the RHS might be a little institutional, but it is also fabulously instructional!”

WISLEY

“Where else can you see and compare a traditional perennial border, double Piet Oudolf borders and a huge planting by Tom Stuart-Smith on one location? The home of the RHS might be a little institutional, but it is also fabulously instructional!”

HAUSER & WIRTH   “Featured in ‘Five Seasons - The Gardens of Piet Oudolf’, Hauser and Wirth reveals one of Oudolf’s more recent plantings in the UK, covering a huge field of the old farm, and morphing from areas of quite blocky planting into others of a diffuse and gauzy fuzz. Not a bad place for lunch either!”

HAUSER & WIRTH

“Featured in ‘Five Seasons - The Gardens of Piet Oudolf’, Hauser and Wirth reveals one of Oudolf’s more recent plantings in the UK, covering a huge field of the old farm, and morphing from areas of quite blocky planting into others of a diffuse and gauzy fuzz. Not a bad place for lunch either!”

THE MANOR HOUSE, UPTON GREY   “This is the only pure restoration of the work of the ground-breaking designer Gertrude Jekyll, by the indefatigable Rosamund Wallinger. It’s a window back into our perennial-past, and a perfect location to consider how far (or not) we’ve come.”

THE MANOR HOUSE, UPTON GREY

“This is the only pure restoration of the work of the ground-breaking designer Gertrude Jekyll, by the indefatigable Rosamund Wallinger. It’s a window back into our perennial-past, and a perfect location to consider how far (or not) we’ve come.”

THE BARN   “The home of designer Tom Stuart-Smith, and provides an intimate insight into his own evolution and experimentation, from his signature combinations of clipped plants amongst very soft perennials plantings, through to recent work with direct-sown prairie.”

THE BARN

“The home of designer Tom Stuart-Smith, and provides an intimate insight into his own evolution and experimentation, from his signature combinations of clipped plants amongst very soft perennials plantings, through to recent work with direct-sown prairie.”

GRAVETYE MANOR   “A floral explosion of gardening at its highest difficultly level. Tom Coward, as head gardener, manages this stupendous feat of carefully-timed planting in such a way as to inspire you to reach new heights, or to give up all future attempts as hopeless, and just bathe in its gorgeous glow with a drink in hand. Either way, you’ll be totally recalibrated.”

GRAVETYE MANOR

“A floral explosion of gardening at its highest difficultly level. Tom Coward, as head gardener, manages this stupendous feat of carefully-timed planting in such a way as to inspire you to reach new heights, or to give up all future attempts as hopeless, and just bathe in its gorgeous glow with a drink in hand. Either way, you’ll be totally recalibrated.”

SUSSEX PRAIRIE GARDEN   “Every designer of perennial plantings develops their own style, and the creators of Sussex Prairie Garden reveal theirs in huge, chunky sweeps, capable of making a big visual impact on a big site. A very simple layout holds layer upon layer of detail, with late-flowering perennials in infinite combinations.”

SUSSEX PRAIRIE GARDEN

“Every designer of perennial plantings develops their own style, and the creators of Sussex Prairie Garden reveal theirs in huge, chunky sweeps, capable of making a big visual impact on a big site. A very simple layout holds layer upon layer of detail, with late-flowering perennials in infinite combinations.”

GREAT DIXTER   “My horticultural and horti-spiritual home. Christopher Lloyd, Great Dixter’s longest-term and most influential custodian/creator, never stopped experimenting or pushing boundaries of accepted wisdom or good taste. He’s been gone for twelve years, but the fun continues, apparently on steroids!”

GREAT DIXTER

“My horticultural and horti-spiritual home. Christopher Lloyd, Great Dixter’s longest-term and most influential custodian/creator, never stopped experimenting or pushing boundaries of accepted wisdom or good taste. He’s been gone for twelve years, but the fun continues, apparently on steroids!”

BETH CHATTO’S GARDEN   “Beth Chatto passed away in mid 2018, but her legacy is stronger than ever. Beth was a pioneer of unapologetically beautiful ecological planting, and an almost lone voice, prophesying the future of garden design. Her garden was her laboratory and playground.”

BETH CHATTO’S GARDEN

“Beth Chatto passed away in mid 2018, but her legacy is stronger than ever. Beth was a pioneer of unapologetically beautiful ecological planting, and an almost lone voice, prophesying the future of garden design. Her garden was her laboratory and playground.”

TUINEN MIEN RUYS   “Mien Ruys was way ahead of her time, and remains curiously under-recognised. At home, she was forever playing with largely plant-driven design ideas, and her wonderfully intense but playful garden continues to trigger new ideas, and lever gardeners and designers out of self-imposed limitations.”

TUINEN MIEN RUYS

“Mien Ruys was way ahead of her time, and remains curiously under-recognised. At home, she was forever playing with largely plant-driven design ideas, and her wonderfully intense but playful garden continues to trigger new ideas, and lever gardeners and designers out of self-imposed limitations.”

HERMANNSHOF   “How can four acres of garden so emphatically undermine and rewrite so many of our garden assumptions. It beats me! But Hermannshof manages it, mastering many different types of gardening on one site, and recording every last detail of the care and maintenance required for the benefit of other garden-makers.”

HERMANNSHOF

“How can four acres of garden so emphatically undermine and rewrite so many of our garden assumptions. It beats me! But Hermannshof manages it, mastering many different types of gardening on one site, and recording every last detail of the care and maintenance required for the benefit of other garden-makers.”

WEIHENSTEPHAN   “With a background in science as well as horticulture, I’m a sucker for anything that treats plants and plantings comparatively. Weihenstephan does it like nowhere else. From rock garden to steppe to prairie, it’s all here, beautifully executed, and meticulously recorded.”

WEIHENSTEPHAN

“With a background in science as well as horticulture, I’m a sucker for anything that treats plants and plantings comparatively. Weihenstephan does it like nowhere else. From rock garden to steppe to prairie, it’s all here, beautifully executed, and meticulously recorded.”