Throughout a cold and incredibly damp English spring, we reviewed Gravetye Manor The agrarian Sussex estate– with 36 acres of flower gardens, meadows, combined borders, yards, and a large one and a half acre elliptical walled cooking area garden– surrounds a nation home hotel that is embeded in a larger 1,000-acre estate. All of it was as soon as owned and supported by the respected Victorian author and garden maker William Robinson, whose books upheld naturalistic planting and gardening in tune with nature.
For the previous 13 years, the prodigiously skilled Tom Coward has actually supervised a group of 6 other garden enthusiasts to bring back and reimagine this heritage garden. The Great Dixter alumnus has actually renewed the cooking area garden, which was covered in brambles and weeds by the time he showed up here in 2010, and injected vitality and bravura planting into dynamic borders and electrifying meadows. Even on a wet, cool spring day there were fresh concepts in all instructions.