about us

In the summer of 1984 we moved to Pettifers, where the garden of one acre and a half was a blank canvas.

I began by filling the garden with shrubs and roses.

My knowledge in those days was virtually non-existant and Diany Binney, owner at the time of the iconic garden
Kiftsgate, and her sister Betsy Muir, came once a year to criticise and to offer advice. I had no
real idea back then how lucky I was to have their friendship.

Over the years I have come to fall in love with grasses, and most of the shrubs and roses have now been
banished. I plant in far larger drifts, and the garden has been opened right up to show
the amazing vista that it commands.

The borders are deep and varied with an emphasis on Autumn. The Botticelli meadow at the bottom of the
garden, alongside two crocus lawns, look beautiful in Spring.

You can see some images of the garden, taken by the outstanding garden photographers Clive Nichols
and Andrew Lawson, by following the link at the bottom of this page or by clicking here

The garden is open to visitors by appointment. If you are interested in visiting please send me a message through
the contact page of the web site.



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