I've become a volunteer at The Garden House, a world renowned garden trust which is about 8 miles from my home in Plymouth. I'll be doing the photography to help with marketing the garden, providing my Word DTP skills to help with newsletters and any other work that needs doing. And it's certainly worth while because it gives me access outside the times the garden is normally open to the public. Early in the morning, for example, when the air is still and the softer light ideal for photography. I hope to take a good many shots suitable for their use in attracting visitors to this glorious garden.
|May view down the long walk at the Garden House, Devon|
The Garden House is a beautiful garden at any time of the year. I feel privileged to be given access. It's a garden I've known for over thirty years since I started visiting back in the 1980's. It's changed and evolved over that time but always in sympathy with the setting and vision of the successive head gardeners and trustees. I'll only be able to record it for a relatively brief period compared with its total lifespan but, hopefully, the images will provide a record.
|The pathway on the top terrace of the walled garden with Azalea 'Sunbeam' and Quercus robur 'Concordia'|
|Rhododendrons line the pathway on the bowling green terrace|
|Texture contrasts at the bottom of the Acer glade at the Garden House, Devon|
It's easy to find. Head out of Plymouth on the Tavistock Road and you'll find it signposted just before you reach Yelverton. Go through Crapstone and it's a hundred yards on the left after the final bend.
For the beginning of June the Wisterias are out. On the house, in the walled garden, on a rustic bridge and free standing on the bowling green terrace. They are starting to look magnificent.
My own garden? Well, that's another story. Suffice it to say I'll add a few pictures once I get it back into shape. As with the blogging I've had little time and less energy.