Dates for your Dairy:

Open Garden Squares weekend:                  18/19th June 2016

Tickets £12.00

RHS Shows:

Malvern Spring show                                  5-8th May 2016

Chelsea flower show                                    24-28th May 2016

HamptonCourt Flower show                         5-10th July 2016

Tatton flower show                                          20-24th July 2016

Malvern Autumn Show                                      24-15th September 2016

Gardeners’ World Live                                  !6–19th June

 

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Sezincote,snowdrops and silver.

I have been enjoying a short break in the Cotswolds.

There was a touch of early Spring in the air.

Many large gardens in this area use the dramatic landscape to create stunning gardens.

Ravines  form plunging waterfalls ,bordered by flower beds.

Sezincote is one such garden.

Snowdrops, hellebores and primroses  make a lovely display.

In Chipping Camden there is a silk mill housing a silversmith.

The business was created during the Arts and Crafts Movement.

One of the people here comes from the original family.

Another artist was creating a brass wall plate after the style of William Morris.

So much can be gained by visiting gardens and craft workshops.

Why not give it a try.

www.annesmithdesigns/gallery

The Golden Age of Painting the Garden.

I was always meant to be a Garden Designer!

My grandparents came from Normandy and were farmers/ market gardeners.

The exhibition of Painting the Modern Garden at the RA reminded me of this.

Between  the 1880s ant 1920s  artist in Europe owned their own gardens and used them for inspiration for their art work.

The most famous was Claude Monet. 

Others include Renoir,Gustave Caillebotte, JoaquinSorolla,Santiago Rusinol Emil Node and Pierre Bonnard.

The scenes they depicted include flower borders, shrubs and ponds.

The gardens were romantic, asthetic and tranquil.

Front gardens were places of status.

This exhibition is very well attended .

However, if you have time it is well worth a visit.

www.annesmithdesigns.co.uk/gallery

Your Heart’s Desire.

This week I visited Rococo Chocolates in Belgravia.

It is included in the London Open Gardens week end in June.

It is a small garden at the back of the shop.

This secluded area has two gardens in one.

Half is sub-tropical with lush plants.

The other is temperate.

It looks double the size because of the numerous mirrors.

Blue mosaics give it a continental feel.

3,000 visitors came to see it during the Open weekend. 

The coffee and chocolates are delicious.

A warm welcome awaits you.

There is still time to go and buy the super delights for Valentine’s Day. 

Why not give it a try!