Through the Garden Gate - Taking a visit to Barnsdale Gardens
Apologies I'm late again and my own garden is looking not the best - we have had so much rain the last month that we haven't managed to get out and do some tidying up. So how about a treat instead and let us wander around a garden we visited back in the summer.
This is Barnsdale Gardens in Rutland which was the demonstration garden set up Geoff Hamilton who has a presenter for BBC Gardeners World presenter for 17 years. When we married and set up home together and started gardening we watched Geoff each week to learn new tips and get inspiration for what we could do in the garden. He taught us about peat-free and organic gardening, how to create an inexpensive garden by taking cuttings and growing plants from seeds, installed in us a love of native plants and homegrown vegetables. Sadly he died suddenly in 1996 from a heart attack while taking part in a charity bike ride. He was one of our heroes and we still remember where we were when we heard this sad news.
His family decided to maintain the gardens at Barnsdale and open it up to the public There are 38 individual gardens to see on the site.
It was like taking a step through memory lane as we wandered through some of his demonstration gardens, some of the gardens have been redesigned over the years but they still following Geoff's principles, which were not part of mainstream gardening at the time.
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Thank you to everyone has joined me in Through the Garden Gate in 2019.It has been wonderful to see other gardens and watch their development during the year. If you want to join in with Through the garden gate each month please let me know in the comments below and I will add your site, it is always fantastic to see a range of gardens from all around the world, and share our love of gardening.
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and a good gardening year in 2020!