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Quarry Cottage

Hazel Archibald's garden visitor book has some truly heart warming comments, but amongst her favourites came from an elderly gardener who said: 'If this has been a life's work it's been a life well spent.'


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Others describe her relaxed, quarter-acre hillside plot as 'having an atmosphere of calm and an abundance of beauty' and being 'full of surprises. Surprises have long been an element of Hazel's garden, but when she first moved in, they were generally unpleasant. 'The rubbish we unearthed fuelled bonfires for months,' she recalls from her Victorian cottage in Ashurst Wood, Sussex. It is built on the ancient site of a Roman quarry, and the back terrace is cut into a wall of sandstone. The original garden was little more than a grassy hillside, and Hazel's priorities when planning the layout was to add plants and trees, whilst also catching as much sunshine as possible. 'The sun falls outside the kitchen during the day, and by the evening has moved to upper back terrace where I keep the barbecue and entertain family and friends,' she explains.



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