I was first introduced to the York Gate Garden in first year with a field trip on a chilly October morning. I was keen to return with a course mate in slightly warmer conditions.
York Gate is in Adel in North Leeds and is easily accessible by bus. The garden was created between 1951 and 1994 by the Spencer family and is now open to the public. It is divided into rooms by yew and beech hedges, each small garden has its own theme and style. After Sybil Spencer’s death in 1994, the garden was gifted to Perennial, a charity who help horticulturalists in need. The garden is very well regarded and was listed as the 7thbest garden to visit in the UK by The Times in 2017.
I am a student member of the Landscape Institute and joined the Yorkshire and Humberside branch on a day out to Mount Grace Priory in Northallerton, North Yorkshire.
Mount Grace Priory is a medieval Carthusian monastery established in 1398 and was a home and priory for twenty-three monks. Part of the priory was remodelled as an arts and crafts manor house in the 17thcentury. Now in the present day it is open to the public to visit and walk round the gardens and the former priory. It is a scheduled monument and the buildings are listed grade I and II*.
The place has recently undergone a major reworking to make the garden and priory more accessible and more attractive to visitors. We were given a tour around the site, specifically focusing these new interventions, by the head gardener and a member of the English Heritage team.
On a sunny day in May we headed out to Harrogate to visit the town and the RHS garden. We are fortunate to be able to get there easily from Leeds as the garden is only a short scenic walk from the station.
This was my first visit to the spa town of Harrogate and I was amazed by the trees right in the centre of the town. It reminds me of other spa towns such as Cheltenham and Bath with such big and magnificent trees.
Miserden is a village located just outside of my hometown, Stroud in Gloucestershire. It is home to a grand house with a large and impressive garden that dates back to the 1620s. We spent a sunny April afternoon exploring the garden.
Whilst we were traveling through that part of the country we stopped on a gloomy April day at the RHS garden in Wisley, Surrey.
This was my first time coming to Wisley and I knew it was a big garden but was incredibly surprised to be ushered to a packed car park that seemed miles from anywhere! As a result of this we entered the garden through the pinetum and worked our way south to the main garden.
I feel this is a suitably bleak location for a first entry in this log.
Research we undertook as part of a module before Christmas led a friend and myself to become interested and almost obsessed with Dungeness and the life of Derek Jarman. I had heard of Derek Jarman before and had seen pictures of his garden set in the bizarre landscape of Dungeness which is what made me so keen to research this topic.