June 29th, 2008


Secret Gardens

This afternoon, Wimborne was full of people wandering about dressed in comfortable sandals and shady hats and clutching yellow leaflets. Twelve private gardens were open in aid of Wimborne in Bloom. This is a wonderful opportunity to find a little gem of a garden behind an apparently mundane facade. I didn't manage twelve and of those I saw, one was absolutely outstanding, inspiring and magical. House and garden together are an on-going project, a labour of love and art by one man. The house is a conventional Victorian semi but as soon as you walk in the front door the spell is cast. Everything is original: floor tiles, doors, stained glass. Everything has been decorated with objects to suit the period. The tour begins in the conservatory

which has been built by the owner. I think it has a look of San Francisco about it.Collapse )