Garden Visit Benington Lordship near Stevenage

On one of the only sunny days in February my good friend Sue & I went to Benington Lordship Gardens, near Stevenage, Herts, England to see the snowdrops. Well actually to have a good gossip with a cup of tea & a piece of cake. But there were snowdrops…gazillions of them. And lots of other […]

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Adventures in Boots June 2017 – Woburn Abbey Gardens

Every once in a while I encounter a garden which disappoints. Woburn Abbey Gardens in Bedfordshire left us feeling rather flat after our visit recently during an April bank holiday. Suggestions for the new landscaping project at the park were put forward by the renowned landscape gardener Humphrey Repton back in the early 19th century […]

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Snowdrop weekend at Old Church House, Long Marston.

Not just snowdrops of course, which would be a bit bland, but iris, crocus & cyclamen. Also on offer was a church tower, mulled wine & flapjack. Not bad for a cold, grey winter’s day eh? The Old Church House is Long Marston near Tring in Herts just a few miles from where I live […]

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Adventures in Boots – The Grove – September 2016

Adventures in Boots by Helen Reeley Last month was quite special-I got married. Yes! Fancy, an old bird like me getting married. I wouldn’t normally share such an event with YB readers/whole world but that evening, as a gift from our friends, we went to The Grove Hotel in Chandlers Cross which you may know […]

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Adventures in Boots – Sissinghurt – August 2016

Adventures in Boots by Helen Reeley On one of the few fine days we’ve had so far this summer I visited a ‘bogey’ garden of mine. A ‘bogey’ garden is an obvious garden you would’ve expected to see but have never quite around to bagging. The hawfinch is my bogey bird. Sissinghurst is the garden […]

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Adventures in Boots – Somerset – July 2016

A recent trip in our campervan took us to Somerset. I chose this area for a short bank holiday break because it’s a place we normally travel through rather than stop at. Also, and more importantly, there’s an art gallery in a village called Bruton with a garden recently designed by Piet Oudolf who is […]

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Adventures in Boots – Rousham House – June 2016

Adventures in Boots by Helen Reeley Rousham House & Gardens in Oxfordshire is the home of the Cottrell Dormer family built by Charles Bridgeman in the 1700’s & further enhanced by William Kent later on that century. Kent created a masterpiece in an Augustan style with ponds, terraces & statues to recall the scenes of […]

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Adventures in Boots – Ulting Wick – May 2016

The National Garden Scheme www.ngs.org.uk is a charity that raises funds for beneficieries connected with care & nursing charities. In the last ten years, among others, Macmillan, Marie Curie, Perennial & (for 2016) Horatio’s Garden have received £23 million in donations which makes the NGS the largest cumulative donor in the history of these charities. […]

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Adventures in Boots – Anglesey Abbey & Lode Mill – March 2016

Full marks to the National Trust for managing to get Anglesey Abbey & Lode Mill in Cambridgeshire full of visitors on a flat grey day in the middle of February. Arriving at 11.30pm thirty minutes after opening my friend & I found the car park full with hundreds of cars & the reception area brimming […]

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