When we were planning and designing our previous garden, over 20 years ago, we would read many gardening books for inspiration and advice. There were many garden designers whose ideas and vision helped us along the way and one of these was Beth Chatto.
Her own garden, which has been developed since 1960, contains many different planting conditions including dry, wet, and shady and the manta 'Right plant in right place' helped us to avoid making too many mistakes over the years.
It was therefore a great treat to have the opportunity last week to visit the garden that we have often read about. As you can see by the pictures it was fabulous. Just look at the amazing colour at this time of year and how the colours and contrast in textures look so good together.
Have you been to Beth Chatto Gardens or read any of her books? My favourite ones include The Dry Garden and Dear Friend and Gardener Letters of Life and Gardening the latter one contains letters between Beth Chatto and Christopher Lloyd (gardening at Great Dixter), who share their gardening achievements and failures.
Beth Chatto is now 94 years old, it must be amazing to look out on to this wonderful garden from her home and still be involved in it's development.
My only regret in visiting this fantastic garden was only having limited time to view and enjoy it. Needless to say I didn't leave it empty handed, despite limited space in our garden, I returned home with two plants that hopefully will thrive and remind me of this wonderful garden.