On a particular day in the recent past we were dodging deluges as we made our way to Tilford cottage garden, open with the National Gardens Scheme (NGS). This was the first NGS visit since we moved and the first one this year too. We were well prepared with coats and umbrellas because it was that funny pattern of rain showers that leaves the opposite carriageway in glorious sunshine while we have the wipers on full blast trying to see through a cloudburst.
Tilford Cottage Gardens is a two-acre garden that mixes gardens and arts. The garden itself is split into many distinct zones or rooms, there’s a herb garden, a zen garden, herbaceous border, meadow, vegetable plot and so on. Interspersed throughout are sculptures and glassworks. It makes for a very eclectic and unique garden.
To get an idea of what it’s like, here are some photos I took on that day, you can see the various artworks in their garden setting.
- Tilford Cottage Garden: http://tilfordcottagegarden.co.uk
- National Gardens Scheme: http://www.ngs.org.uk
One of these days I’m hoping to have my garden open with the NGS. The previous garden was too small and could only be included in a group opening along with other gardens on the street, but we didn’t live in that sort of area. Looking at the state of the new garden at the moment, I’m several years away yet so I’ll have to keep working on it and then everyone can come and see me and write about my garden in their blogs!