Members of the Garden Media Guild enjoy a visit to Barnsdale Gardens

The Barnsdale Gardens team were very happy to receive members of the Garden Media Guild last week.  The prestigious group of gardening press were treated to a tour of the 38 individually designed gardens by the owner Nick Hamilton. 

Although it was cloudy on the day, nothing could dampen the spirits of those who came along, and those of the Barnsdale team who made them welcome.







Members of the Garden Media Guild enjoy a visit to Barnsdale Gardens

Members of the Garden Media Guild enjoy a visit to Barnsdale Gardens

GMG member, Janice Shipp stated “The members of the Garden Media Guild are seasoned garden visitors so they know a good garden when they see one, and Barnsdale is unique in having nearly 40 good gardens to enjoy. The different styles of domestic-sized gardens on display here have been kept up to date by Nick Hamilton and give plenty of planting ideas and design inspiration for gardeners who don’t have acres of space.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the visit.”

The gardens look stunning at all times of the year, and in spring the Rose Garden amazes with its magnificent flowering cherry trees, the Japanese Garden offers the serenity illustrated by the two different styles of Japanese gardening and the Modern Estate Garden is resplendent with Pulmonarias and new shoots from shrubs such as Spiraea.

But there are other treasures to be found too …

GMG member, Karen Gimson says “There are few places where you can go to see 38 inspiring gardens in one location. But at Barnsdale, there are 38 individually-designed gardens all on one site. My favourite is the woodland walk, which at this time of the year is full of emerging spring flowers. The cowslips are a particularly lovely feature and have spread naturally throughout the gardens. The pond, stream and bog garden is a haven for wildlife and a peaceful place to sit and contemplate nature” Karen continues “Barnsdale, is now run by Nick Hamilton, the son of TV gardener Geoff who built many of the gardens to show viewers of Gardeners’ World what could be achieved on a low budget and using organic techniques. Barnsdale is celebrating its 40th anniversary and to mark the occasion, a special Geoff Hamilton Afternoon Tea is being served, available until September, and booked 48 hours in advance. I can’t think of a better place to sit and enjoy tea and cake, surrounded by the now mature trees Geoff planted. A chance to take in the view of all the special gardens Geoff created and now lovingly nurtured and taken forward by his family and dedicated team of gardeners.”

We would like to thank all those who came along to the GMG press visit and look forward to seeing you all at Gardeners World Live in June, where Barnsdale Gardens will be showing its special 40th Anniversary Display!

There’s plenty to see and do all year round at Barnsdale Gardens!

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