5th July 2015



After the extreme heat of the week it was quite ironic that the afternoon of our garden visit was initially wet! However, the weather improved and by 3pm the sun was beginning to shine. John Mixer and Nigel Handly began work on the garden 33 years ago. When they moved in, only the trees were there, although what wonderful trees they are, with the huge Cedar of Lebanon being the most magnificent. They purchased bare root yew hedging plants that were 9” high; it’s hard to imagine something that small when you see the size of the hedges today. It is, of course, essentially a ‘green garden’ with topiary and strong design. There are also different levels and one overlooks the Tas Valley. However, the strong lines are softened in places by the planting of Acanthus, Macleaya, Valerian and various annuals. The Italianate Garden, with it’s box hedging and olive trees provided the most pleasant area in which to have the delicious tea that had been prepared for us.  Tea, cucumber sandwiches, followed by scrumptious strawberry shortcake completed a most pleasant visit. John and Nigel were the perfect and generous hosts. No charge had been made for admission or refreshments but voluntary donations amounted to £46 and will be sent to the Stroke Association.

Kathy Gray

Pictures by Tony Gray