A letter home
Our trip was utterly wonderful! It was quite literally a dream come true, as everything went very smoothly and (despite not being as young as we once were!) we managed to pack a lot in.
We made gardens the focus of our trip. Our 10 days in Paris were spent exploring some amazing gardens, and travelling further to others, such as Monet’s garden at Giverny. We caught the train to London and on to Cornwall, where we visited The Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project.
On our return to London, we joined our Collette ‘Spotlight on London’ tour, which included the Chelsea Flower Show. Everything at Chelsea is on a huge scale. We saw many amazing garden displays and masses of plants in the large pavilion. Our favourite garden, by the Horse Rescue Society, featured an overgrown garden with a ‘just built’, aged shed and a horse sculpture made entirely out of horse shoes, including some from the Queen’s horses.
On our free day of the tour, we caught the train to Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent, where we explored the many beautiful garden ‘rooms’, including the famous White Garden.
Other gardens visited included Kew Gardens, Wisley, The Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park, Kensington Palace Gardens, Chelsea Physic Garden and Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Even though my gardens in Melbourne are on a much smaller scale, I found these visits inspirational, especially the plant and colour combinations.
Our whole trip was so very special. To any keen gardeners wondering whether or not to enter the competition, I say don’t hesitate! I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I could win Gardener of the Year, but decided to go ahead and share my story.
Every garden, no matter how small, makes the world a better place, and by sharing your love and passion for gardening you will inspire others.