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- Gardens wish list & commitments -

Top gardens uk: Great Dixter, Great Thyne Manor, Ashwood, Gresgarth Hall

Seasonal Highlights

Region/Venue

Notes

KENT

Great Dixter

Oct: Hedges/Topiary Trimming

Open Tue-Sun 11am-5pm

Gardens to visit: nearest to farthest

Travel Time

Venue Name

40 mins

 

50 mins

90 mins

1hr 40mins

2hr 25 mins

RedHill Lodge, Barrowden Oakham

 

Melbourne Hall Gardens

Wollerton Old Hall Garden *

Nat.Trust Gunby Hall, Lincs

Markenden Hall, Yorkshire

Notes

NGS Open Day - booked 10 Sep 2023 noon - 5pm

Open Wed 1pm-5pm Apr to Sep 30th

BBC Weather

Thu/Fri until end of Sep. 11am-5pm

Most Days 10-4pm

Website states contact us for a viewing

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  1. Broughton Grange, Wykham Lane, Broughton, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15 5DS. Directions. 1hr 35mins awayBBC Weather Open Wednesdays only 10-5pm May to end of Sep.

  2. https://www.tomstuartsmith.co.uk/community sergehill project 1 hr 45mins away. Extraordinary. Instagram @tomstuartsmithstudio    instagram @katestuartsmith keep busy on their instagram accounts. 

  3. Yorkgate, Leeds as on Gardeners World 2023 Episode 22, 2hrs drive

  4. RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Chelmsford, Essex: a MUST VISIT open til 6pm, Sunset September 7pm, but go now in the Summer too when it's at its best. Must capture the Dry Garden. 2.5hrs away. BBC Weather IDEAL 10th. Sat Nav: CM3 8ET What3Words ///access.cats.blanks

  5. Sat Nav: CM3 8ET Morton Hall Gardens, Morton Hall Ln, Redditch B96 6SJ - 1.5hrs away. Appointment only group of up to 10 people, so will have to write to them for exclusive use

  6. Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye TN31 6PH. Directions 2hr 20 mins. BBC Weather

  7. ​Greys Court near Louise Langdon I think!

  8. Nether Winchendon Garden: as beautiful as it is, the public rarely visit due to wedding venue, so off the list for me

  9. August date tbc: Helmingham Hall & Gardens, Suffolk - tie in with a visit with Brigitte Girling too. Super place via AirBnb, Booking.com and The Annexe 13 mins drive from Dunwich, 40 mins drive from Brigitte

  10. Hidcote Manor Garden in the Cotswolds: it was not to my taste

  11. Elton Hall & Gardens, nr Peterborough is 48 mins away

  12. End of October: Hodsock Priory as agreed with them via Facebook messenger. Advised by Haya to email her via haya@thevenueexperts.co.uk nearer the time.

SEPTEMBER 2023

ORGANIC BLOOMS, YALHAM HAYES, IFORD MANOR GARDENS, BISHOP'S PALACE WELLS

Bishop's Palace Wells is rather special and can be visited en-route to Aizel or on way home, and Vicars Close is so very quaint to visit/photography!

WOLLERTON & THE LAUNDRY RETREAT - CHESHIRE & NORTH WALES

The Laundry Retreat - The Laundry, Llanrhaeadr LL16 4NL

Wollerton Old Hall Garden - Wollerton Market Drayton Shropshire TF9 3NA

  • Wollerton Old Hall Garden of Lesley & John, Wollerton TF9 3NA 1.5hrs from me, then 2.5hrs drive to The Laundry Retreat: Open Thu/Fri 11am-5pm. Sunset 6.45pm - my request to visit was declined on the basis they are committed to two other existing photographers.

  • The Laundry Retreat of Jenny & Tim stop over, then capture their garden the next day. Need to understand where the sunrises and sets at that time of year. Jenny suggested 19 - 21 or 26 - 28 Sep. I said I will keep and eye on weather forecast and confirm back a.s.a.p. 20 & 21, or 27 & 28 would be best as I could then visit Wollerton Old Hall Garden on Thursday when they are open 11am - 5pm

  • 2024 due to this season the blooms are poor because of so much rain. Just Dahlias, Philippa Stewart. Cheshire, no actual address yet, but Cheshire City is 2hrs drive from me, so effectively en-route to The Laundry Retreat. I could spend time with Philippa then travel in the evening to...

KENT

Motorway Traffic Updates

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Perhaps tell a similar story with another flower grower! https://jonathanbuckley.co.uk/portfolio/great-dixter-practical-series

Organic Blooms, Bristol + Yalman Hayes, Taunton TUE/WED best weather:

  • 6 Rolls of 35mm film incl. 800 ISO / every roll of colour 120 film - remove from fridge

  • Tripod, Head, connection place & button at base of camera

  • Camera strap

  • Cameras: 35mm [50mm & 100mm lens] and medium format and f1.9 lens

  • Check Battery Levels: both cameras/take spare batteries & spare for light meter

  • Light Meter

  • Roller camera bag AND Manfrotto Rucksack Bag

  • Lens cloth

  • Leggings x 2

  • T-shirts & Thermal Beige Top

  • Knickers & Bras

  • Black top from Monday

  • Socks [sport and walking socks for walking boots]

  • Walking Shoes [both] and black sport comfy shoes

  • Scalf & Sun Hat

  • White Linen Trousers & Linen Top

  • Black smart trousers and grey cardigan

  • Puffa Jacket

  • Pillow and washed cover

  • Hand sanitiser

  • Nail file

  • Energy Bars

  • Bottle of Water

 

- Important Locations Weather Forecasts -

  1. Broughton Grange Banbury, Oxfordshire BBC Weather

  2. https://www.tomstuartsmith.co.uk/community sergehill project 1 hr 45mins away. Extraordinary. Instagram @tomstuartsmithstudio    instagram @katestuartsmith keep busy on their instagram accounts. 

  3. Yorkgate, Leeds as on Gardeners World 2023 Episode 22, 2hrs drive

  4. RHS Garden Hyde Hall Chelmsford Essex BBC Weather

  5. Sat Nav: CM3 8ET Morton Hall Gardens, Morton Hall Ln, Redditch B96 6SJ - 1.5hrs

 

Analogue film is undergoing a renaissance. A renaissance it is undergoing, and that makes me so bloody happy!

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