Herefordshire forms part of the Marches, the ancient border territories straddling England and Wales. To the east lie the majestic Malvern Hills, and winding through the centre is the great River Wye, the valley of which is burnished with colour in October and November.
Hereford, the county town, is arguably best known for its sandstone cathedral. Christian worship has taken place on this site since at least the eighth century, but the cathedral itself dates from 1079. In the cathedral library find the Mappa Mundi, the famed medieval map of the world, which was drawn in the 14th century. The library also contains one of 12 surviving copies of the Magna Carta, the charter of rights agreed in 1215.
Herefordshire is also known for its cider, and in autumn the orchards grown with ripe fruit. Bulmers and Westons are among the big-name makers, but there are many small-scale artisan producers, with tours and tastings available.
In care of English Heritage, Witley Court and Gardens north-west of Worcester close to Herefordshire, is an Italianate ruin dating from the 17th century. Having housed various aristocrats and local entrepreneurs over the centuries, the court burnt down in 1937. Today expansive gardens at the restored property are well worth seeing.
To view both award-winning cider orchards and a beautiful garden, visit Stockton Bury Gardens run by Tamsin Westhorpe and her uncles and set on a farm near Leominster.
Not far away is Hergest Croft, with trees and shrubs brought to the UK by plant hunter Ernest Wilson.
South of Hereford, find The Laskett Gardens, the creation of Sir Roy Strong and his late wife Julia Trevelyan Oman. Care of this garden was recently transferred to Perennial, the charity for gardeners in need.
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We often hear from Cherry Ong when she’s traveling to visit a marvelous public garden, but today she’s letting us in to see her home garden in Richmond, British Columbia. She says that she’s learned to love fall and is sharing the beauty of her shade garden with pictures she took in early October.
Fall is a great time for garden chores. This is the time to clean up before winter, protect vulnerable plants, and wind down the growing season. This isn’t the right time for all tasks, though. Know what to do with your garden in the fall and what not to do — for instance, what plants should not be cut back in the fall — to best prepare it for next year.
Isn’t every plant great in a group? Well, the answer is no. Some plants are too vigorous in their growth habits to share the stage, while others are better if put on a pedestal all their own (i.e. the focal point plants of the landscape). Today’s episode we talk about plants that are great in masses—that is to say—in groups of three or more. We have options for shade, choices for sun, and selections for those in-between exposures situations. We’ll also feature some great plants that we’ve seen grouped to perfection in gardens featured in Fine Gardening. And you don’t have to be a millionaire to group plants. Many of our suggestions are easily divided after just a year or two, providing you with multiple plants for the price of just one.
When creating a stylish and relaxing garden we often tend to think of perfectly tended flowerbeds, expertly trimmed topiary and carefully selected garden furniture. Whilst these all help to create a stunning garden it often takes something out of the ordinary to add the finishing touch and create a truly unique space.
There are many mint varieties famous for their refreshing taste. These different Types of Mint offer a diverse range of flavors and scents, making them a fascinating subject of exploration. In this article, you will delve into the captivating world of many forms of this amazing herb.
Multiseason Garden Bed with Hesse Cotoneaster Get fall garden interest that lasts into winter with this easy-care plant combination featuring a Hesse cotoneaster shrub. Fall into winter with multiseason plants
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Today we’re visiting with Rachel, a gardener and artist living in Elgin, Illinois (Zone 5b). She moved in 2022 to 1.5 acres and is in the process of designing and planting a fabulous front garden. She’s also diving into forest restoration for the back half-acre—making it beautiful for wildlife and her kiddos.
It’s always a pleasure to speak with our neighbors in Canada, and it’s clear the community garden movement there is alive and thriving. Judy Stafford and Naomi Kulhawy are two of Kin Park Community Garden’s biggest supporters, with Judy as executive director and Naomi as the farm director.
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