My sister and her family bought me the coolest birthday gift, a day spent with many, many gorgeous tulips. Sarah Raven Cookery and Garden School ran a day course visiting Great Dixter and then Perch Hill with lunch and a flower arranging demonstration. You can imagine I was in heaven!
The time at Great Dixter was mainly spent with one of their gardeners taking a group tour of the garden. Our guide hailed from California and it was his third year at Dixter. He was very knowledgeable and it was a wonderful hour filled with lots of detail and information I brought back home.
Here are some photos from the tour.
He spoke at length about the ethos of their borders and how they plant for succession using Tulips as well as early flowering plants and herbaceous perennials.
The combination below of Tulips and foxgloves is something I really want to try out here at home. So pretty.
Tulips and poppies and you can just see alliums popping up too.
A border made with pots. They are very clever folk here.
After the tour we had time to wander on our own and then make our way to Perch Hill which is home to Sarah Raven.
Lunch was wonderful all made right there and using lots of fresh ingredients from the garden.
After a talk from Sarah about her favourite Tulips, how she uses them in arrangements and then a flower arranging demo we headed out to look at the Tulips around the garden.
The Oast garden. Truly stunning.
There we so many interesting and unusual ways they planted up these bulbs. Just looking back at the photos make me eager for next seasons catalogues to arrive.
So many takeaways from this magical day I can’t recommend a visit to these gardens enough and of course big thanks to my sis and her gang for the gift.