I love the beauty of prairie gardens where drifts of grasses and herbaceous plants blend together to create a naturalistic look such as this.......
Last year when I was gathering ideas for our new garden I came across pictures of this garden designed by internationally renowned landscape designer Piet Oudulf on pinterest .I was very excited to discover that the garden was actually in Somerset and only about 90 minutes drive from home. As late summer is when this type of garden is at it's best we just had to go and see it for ourselves! (You may also have seen this location featured in posts by Where five valleys meet and Vintage Jane)
As you can see it was absolutely stunning! This garden was planted using 26,000 herbaceous perennials - that is what you call planting on a grand scale! The mass planting in drifts really created the wow factor and highlighted to us how, even on a smaller scale, having fewer plants but more of the same variety can look so good.
The location of this garden is in the grounds of Hauser & Wirth a futuristic art gallery and education centre built around a old Somerset farm. It is quite strange to find an international gallery in the country rather than a city- the owners moved down here from London and then decided to create one of their international galleries here.The current exhibition in the building revolves around the power of words. My husband found it very thought provoking whereas I found some of it disturbing.It was interesting and we will visit here again to see future exhibitions and of course see how the garden develops and changes through the seasons.
At the entrance they also had a wonderful raised kitchen garden which is used in the attached bar and grill.
Vintage Jane had also given me many recommendations of other things to do when visiting the gallery. We travelled a few miles on to the town of Frome. We have been here before and I love the buildings.You could just imagine a costume drama taking place here couldn't you?
It is has many independent shops with great names and good places to eat.
The weather is so chargeable at the moment. I had been promising one of my closest friends that we would go for a cream tea at one of my favourite cafe's which is walking distance from home along country footpaths. As we arrived there in the sunshine we could hear the rumble of thunder in the distance. It did not however distract us too much from enjoying our cream tea! On our return walk, as we reached the open fields, the heavens opened. Tavi was the only one that thought it was fun as he ran around and around in circles. We managed to take cover in a wood but we still returned home looking like drowned rats. Luckily the camera wasn't to hand to capture this moment!
Sunday morning it was still raining heavily, in the afternoon the sun reappeared, we decided to visit Abbotsbury sub-tropical gardens to remind us of warmer climes.
We even managed to sit and have an ice-cream on the neighbouring beach, it was good to feel summer was still here!
Until next time.