In case you haven’t yet noticed, I have a thing about walled gardens. So much so that I’ve written three novels about them and, this summer, I’ve been visiting a few around the country. In May, we went to Attingham Park in Shropshire which was a delightful mix of flowers, fruit and vegetables.
In June, I discovered the very beautiful Beeleigh Abbey in Essex. What a stunner! My Rose Girls would have adored it!And it had the sweetest kitchen garden too.
In July, we took a trip to Forde Abbey In Dorset and the kitchen garden there quite took my breath away. I could easily imagine Jonathan, Vanessa and the team from Love in an English Garden happily working there together.
And, just this week, we visited Marks Hall in Essex which has a fabulous walled garden overlooking a lake.
There’s something so special about walled gardens. Perhaps it comes from that feeling of being enclosed in a safe and beautiful space or maybe it’s the promise they hold with the produce grown in them. I never tire of visiting them and it’s a great dream of mine to have one of my very own one day. And I kind of wished that I hadn’t already written a trilogy about walled gardens so that I could have the pleasure of researching and writing them all over again!