Pettifers is an English
garden in the Oxfordshire
village of Wardington
“When I think about who has been most influential in garden..design…Today, (I) think of..Rosemary Verey, Penelope Hobhouse, Julie Toll..Gina Price at Pettifers – not a professional designer but such a brilliant one.. I can’t think of any (men) who have influenced design more than these women.”
Arabella Lennox-Boyd – Gardens Illustrated
Whatever happened to the rules of colour?
Tim Richardson – Country Life
In the summer of 84 James and I moved to Pettifers, where the garden of 1 and a half acres was waiting for us. Initially we began ploughing the land down the bottom, laying out the par terre, and learning as I went along.
Influenced by Dianey Binney of Kiftsgate, I made my borders wider and wider. She, and her sister Betsy, came over to criticise and advise. By the time they died my style was changing. Out went a lot of roses and shrubs, and larger drifts of plants evolved. In went grasses. My borders have to look good from April to November. Now I am paying attention to winter.