Open Garden Squares weekend: 18/19th June 2016
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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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.
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.
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!