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Barnsdale

Post: #280052 Pumkinpie
Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:29 am

Had a wonderful day visiting Barnsdale gardens in Rutland yesterday.
Saw gardens that were created for Gardeners world when Geoff Hamilton hosted it in the 70s and 80s.
It was nice to see in real life the gardens I had watched been made in a field all those years ago . Avid viewing in our house at 8.30 on a Friday evening.
It was 'The Ornamental Kitchen Garden' and the Herb garden that got me started wanting to grow my own fruit and veg organically all those years ago. He had ideas ahead of his time, as a lot of chemicals were used in gardens then. A lot of which are now banned.
Loved just sitting in the sun dreaming , it was a fantastic day.

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Re: Barnsdale

Post: #280053 Green Aura
Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:33 am

I'd love to visit there. I'm glad it lived up to expectations.

Geoff Hamilton was my absolute favourite TV gardener, I've still got the Ornamental Kitchen Garden book.
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Re: Barnsdale

Post: #280054 ojay54
Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:49 am

Absolutely green with envy.I really don't know why I've never been.He was, and remains,one of my favourite gardeners along with Lawrence Hills,who of course influenced so much of his gardening.The last time I went to Ryton there was a garden there that was laid out 'Barnsdale style' in his memory.
I must go.

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Re: Barnsdale

Post: #280055 MKG
Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:52 am

Plus - Geoff Hamilton did look a bit like Tom Good.
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Re: Barnsdale

Post: #280056 WhiteWolf
Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:20 am

We were there a few years ago, it is a brilliant place to visit. Would love to go back again, but don't tell SWMBO she thinks I hate all this gardening malarky :wink:

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Re: Barnsdale

Post: #280082 MuddyWitch
Tue Jul 15, 2014 5:20 pm

Visit the gardens in term time in Spring or early Autumn and you have them almost to yourselves. I love the place & will miss it once we're in Ireland.

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Re: Barnsdale

Post: #280133 Pumkinpie
Wed Jul 16, 2014 2:14 pm

I have the book ' ornamental kitchen garden too' . Might get it and have a read when hubby goes out.


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