The garden today
Laughing children run along the stone pathways again. Lovers take their wedding vows under the canopy of hundred-year-old trees. Rock hounds come to admire the collection of petrified wood and other unusual rock types. Avid gardeners bend down to examine the ever-changing display of alpine and other herbaceous perennials. Photographers and painters find ample opportunity for their art. And hungry patrons wind their way up the stone steps towards the critically acclaimed restaurant that occupies the replica of Reader’s house in the centre of the property.
May and June are the months to experience the garden’s spring bulbs and alpine plants at their best. Reader was quick to recognize the potential of alpines to excel in the dry conditions of his sandy hillside home, so he tested species from as near as the Rocky Mountains and as far away as the mountains of Asia and eastern Europe. There are saxifrages, primroses and gentians of many species, and even more plants with strange names like Aethionema, Edrianthus, Asperula, Minuartia and Cassiope.