Monthly Archives: April 2016

Arranging peonies

Flower artist arranging peony wreath in a granite trough under a waterspout. Varieties are 'Jan van Leuwen', 'Sarah Bernhard' and 'Mme. Claude Tain' - © Christa Brand/GAP Photos

Flower artist arranging peony wreath in a granite trough under a waterspout. Varieties are ‘Jan van Leuwen’, ‘Sarah Bernhard’ and ‘Mme. Claude Tain’ – © Christa Brand/GAP Photos

In a collector’s garden, floral artist Aschwin Beukert has created various arrangements with freshly cut peonies.

Peonies and Viburnum arranged together with lady's mantle and honeysuckle in an antique tea set - © Christa Brand/GAP Photos

Peonies and Viburnum arranged together with lady’s mantle and honeysuckle in an antique tea set – © Christa Brand/GAP Photos

The young Dutch Floral artist Aschwin Beukert benefits of from the huge choice of peonies in the Höllberg gardens. With their nostalgic charm peonies are among his favourite flowers, and they go perfectly with antique containers. The range of floral displays is from a collection of singular stems in glass vases to a modern flower sphere that seems to float on a water surface. An iron water fountain and a granite trough contain an abundant bunch of bright varieties.

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Goltho Gardens in Spring


A family-run 4.5 acre garden with year-round interest. The garden boasts ponds and a long grass walk flanked by abundantly planted borders from which a network of paths meander.

The nut walk, David Austin Rose Garden and wildflower meadow are at their best in spring and early summer. A prarie border and an autumn garden provide late summer and autumnal interest, along with an impressive display of cyclamen. The potager provides the teashop with herbs and vegetables. Many of the plants are propagated on site and can be purchased in the nursery. The teashop serves local, home cooked food.

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Priory House

Metal bench under pergola in spring garden. Tulipa in foreground - Priory House -© Lynn Keddie/GAP Photos

Metal bench under pergola in spring garden. Tulipa in foreground – Priory House -© Lynn Keddie/GAP Photos

An attractive garden in the heart of the busy market town of Bradford-on-Avon. Originally, the garden was much smaller and before Jenny and her husband arrived, the forecourt where the beautiful parterre now grows was used to repair cars. Jenny’s clever planting schemes show the garden and house off to its best. The parterre is planted for each season. Hidden behind the Georgian house is a beautifully structured garden with exquisite planting. A wooden pergola encircles a perfect green lawn, and on each side a border is filled with tulips in bright lipstick-coloured pink and shades of purple contrasting with acid yellow flowers.


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