Droxford Village Community
Visit to Gillian Taylor’s Garden 9th June 2018
Gillian is a garden club member and generously offered to host the Club for a visit to her garden in early June. Gillian and her husband Paul have lived in their current home since 1994 but she explained that ‘becoming’ gardeners has been a gradual process.
They began by planting trees in 2002 and ‘started gardening properly’ in 2006. Gillian and Paul collaborate on the layout and function of an area and Paul does the detailed design and creation of the areas ready for Gillian to undertake the planting. Gillian loves roses as evidenced by over 80 examples of climbing and shrub roses. In fact, if Gillian loves something there is no half measure. 40 pots of hostas, a greenhouse full of dahlias, chrysanthemums and auriculas, not to mention the salvias and an abundance of wild, native orchids.
Also in abundance was super hospitality. Members were treated to homemade cakes and nibbles as well as a glass of something sparkling. What a delightful way to spend an early summer afternoon. Thank you so much Gillian and Paul for having us over.
Visit to Gilbert White’s Garden 7th June 2018
Gilbert White is a renowned 18th Century naturalist and was the David Attenborough of his day. Charles Darwin credited White as providing the groundwork for much of his own work. A clergy man by profession, he had a great love of the outdoors and was the first person to keep detailed records of his garden design and development along with weather conditions, crop quantities and wildlife observations.
Those members who attended the talk by the Head Gardener of the Gilbert White Garden in May will have seen his words, hard work and vision, come to life during the Club’s visit to Gilbert White’s garden at Selborne in early June.
The gardens are being returned to how they would have looked in Gilbert’s day, with the same planting, where possible. In addition to flower beds and fragrant old roses, there is a wildflower paddock and vegetable beds with a wide variety of produce including melons.
Gilbert had great vision and was happy to ‘borrow’ neighbouring land to achieve the effects he was after. The ‘borrowed’ land is now part of the estate, which also includes his family home.
Having spent a glorious afternoon exploring the gardens, a refreshing drink and a slice of cake revived members for a wander around Gilbert’s home. The ground floor and part of the first floor is set out as they would have been in Gilbert’s day. The house also includes museums dedicated to Frank Oates (1840-1875), the 19th Century explorer, and his nephew Captain Lawrence Oates (1880-1912), who was a member of Captain Scott’s expedition to the South Pole.
An informative and interesting visit and not just for garden lovers.