Busman's Holiday

After judging and being judged by Yorkshire in Bloom this week, Friday was spent visiting gardens in North Yorkshire with our gardening club.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the outing and we returned laden with plants and ideas for our own gardens.
First stop was Rewela Cottage at Skewesby, home of garden designer John Plant

The front of the house gave no indication of what was to come and we were all impressed by the planting combinations and landscaping at every turn. 
 The outdoor kitchen

 The jacuzzi/sauna

 The potting area



There was a good range of interesting plants for sale to tempt us and we all succumbed!

Then on to the picturesque North Yorkshire, market  town of Helmsley. 
 Here we took advantage of the various eating places, market stalls, shops and antique fair before boarding the coach again for our next garden visit.

Terrington House, a former rectory, is the home of James and Linda Fenwick.  

The house is surrounded by gardens and features tennis courts, heated outdoor pool and, the pièce de résistance, a summer house decorated in shells by Linda Fenwick .

 The stunning ceiling of the Shell House

 North Yorkshire, not the South of France

 The vegetable plot

Just beware of Crumble the dog who makes quick work of any cake you place on the table!
Anyone else got some interesting garden visits to share?


  1. Lovely pictures. I particularly like the look of that veg plot in the last one.

    1. Yes, I wish mine was as attractive.

  2. How I would have loved to be on that tour! Helmsley really is a beautiful town; I have been there only once but remember it well.
    Have a look at my pictures of Nunnington Hall's gardens, if you like:

    1. Lovely pics of Nunnington Hall, which is a new one on me. I do love quirkiness in a garden and the social history of a house.


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