Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoy your visit and leave with a smile! Love Thea x

Friday, 28 June 2013

A Day to remember at Barnsdale Gardens *~*

I have been a  keen gardener all my life..even when I was tiny I used to tend a small patch in my parents garden..(mainly planted with shells, feathers and pinwheels)

So the garden has always been a very important part of the homes I have lived in...
I learnt from my Mum and Aunties the names of plants, how to split and propagate, and to know their different needs...
I collected books when I could ....and this one was my favourite (1990's)

I really connected with Geoff and along with his BBC Gardeners World program I would say I learnt my "trade"....



 His style was natural, soft and so me...


So I was so excited when Fin and I visited his garden at Barnsdale on Tuesday...

 We arrived quite early so we had the place to ourselves for a while...

 So beautiful...
Each of his small TV gardens are still there, with the addition of a few more.. 39 in all.. I was like a child in a sweet shop!




most of them have a cottage garden feel...




Many of them still look just like they did in his book...



 So inspirational....


A woodland hut leading to the woodland garden..I could hear the the fairies whispering

Bees in centre stage..

 I love this gazebo...all forgotten and dappled


 I can remember Geoff making these obelisks on one his programmes






Climbing Rose "Compassion"






 This Town Paradise Garden was stunning...we sat on the seat in the sunlight watching the frogs in the pond below..

We really loved our day at Barnsdale and will definitely be back...

Geoff Hamilton died suddenly in 1996 but he left such a wonderful legacy for all to enjoy


Thank you for all your sweet wishes for Fin.. he was chuffed to bits...Thea xx


23 comments:

  1. Thea, it was wonderful seeing your photos of Barnsdale. I can almost see Geoff in your pictures and some of it looks so familiar. We loved watching him on Gardeners World, he was always so enthusiastic and his projects always felt achievable. We were so shocked and sad when we heard he had died.
    Sarah x

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  2. Ahh I know just what you mean Sarah, he seemed such a kind genuine soul with so much knowledge of gardening
    Thea xx

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  3. I remember those obelisks being made on the programme! I didn't know that Geoff Hamilton had died - I used to enjoy Gardeners World too. The gardens look spectacular. I can see why you'd want to visit again.
    June

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  4. Hi Thea, thank you for sharing all your wonderful photos. It's so lovely to see Barnsdale is still well cared for and just as gorgeous as I remember.
    A great memorial to the lovely Geoff.
    Jacquie x

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  5. I have that book.. it's great. I also loved watching Geoff on Gardeners World, I don't think it's ever been the same since he died :(
    Thank you for sharing the photos of your visit, they are wonderful and bring back lovely memories of the programme.
    Julie x

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  6. Oh Thea, how wonderful! I loved Gardener's World when Geoff Hamilton was on ... Hasn't been quite the same since he died ...

    I can't believe I wasn't a follower of yours ... Been following you for years, but not according to the smiley faces on the right! I've put it right now, but sorry about that Thea! Told you I as a complete technophobe ....

    Have a wonderful weekend sweetie

    Love Claire xxx

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    1. Oh Claire..I am sure you did follow me
      glad you are now, my special little friend
      Thea xx

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  7. He was my favourite Gardeners World presenter and my late Father had all his books as his was the style of gardening we both loved. I have always wanted to visit so its been a treat to see your lovely pictures. I was very shocked when he died so young especially when he always looked so fit and healthy. Have a lovely weekend. Karen xx

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  8. Dear Thea, Jeff was a favourite of me and my husband too. We loved watching him on gardeners world. I did not know his garden is still there and open to the public. I will have to remember for when we visit the UK again.

    Your photo's capture the atmosphere in the garden beautifully!

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Madelief x

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    1. Yes It is well worth a visit Madelief , next time you visit put it on your list..lovely tea rooms too!

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  9. I loved his style, I've got that book too! What a wonderful place to visit, it just shows how important he was for it all still to be there! :) x

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  10. I have pretty much grown up watching Gardener's World and remember Barnsdale well - fantastic to see that it is still going strong and his vision has continued long after he's gone. I still look forward to half past eight on Friday evenings - although do you know it wasn't on last night because some people were having a game of bat and ball - hrrumph! Thank you for the inside peek x Jane

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    1. Arhh Jane I feel the same..they take poor old Monty Don off at the drop of a hat..snooker, athletics, tennis it is so frustrating!
      Happy Gardening
      Thea x

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  11. Dear Thea
    What a lovely visit! Geoff Hamilton was the person who inspired me (along with my Granny) to start gardening because he made it look easy and he had a lovely presenting style too. My mum lives a few miles away from Barnsdale and I used to be a very frequent visitor, although I haven't been for two years! I need to put that right very soon - your photos have reminded me just why I enjoy it so much there. I have planted Rosa 'Geoff Hamilton' in my own little garden as a tribute and a 'thank you'.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie you must it was so lovely,he obviously was very special to you too, I left my Geoff H Rosa in my Cornwall garden, Fin has promised to buy me another,
      very special rose
      Thea x

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  12. Such a beautiful garden to visit, Id love to visit lots more gardens they give us so many different ideas for our own. My garden is only little but I get such a lot of enjoyment from it thanks to people like Geoff who inspire me so much. Love Jill xx

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  13. Hi Thea, those gardens are really beautiful arent they? WE have been twice in spring time and they were stunning but we keep saying we should go back at this time of year. Last time we were there Tony bought me a 3 pack of Geoff's dvd's and I love to put them on.He was such a clever man and made you feel you could do anything in your garden, all you needed was enthusiasm. Glad you enjoyed it and my favourite was the one you liked best tooX

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  14. So lovely, Thea. It's close to where I live. Rutland is such a little gem of a county too.
    Thanks for these beautiful photos.

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  15. I too remember Barnsdale and Geoff Hamilton of the BBC program Gardener's world. It must have been lovely to visit these gardens, even when I see your pictures I remember various spots.

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  16. Hello, lovely Thea... Beautiful pictures...and yes gardeners world is a BIG part of our Friday viewing each week!The cottage garden is my favourite, so very natural and wild and free... ( a bit like me) I remember Geoff Hamilton very well! Although I do LOVE Monty now...~ Thank you for sharing your wonderful trip here...With hugs and twinkles **** Maria x

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  17. What a wonderful trip for you. I used to love Geoff Hamilton, a real gardener and soft and gentle as you say. such a treasure as is the garden he has left behind. x

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  18. Such beautiful gardens!!
    Have a very nice weekend!

    Kisses, Juliëtte

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  19. I so want to visit Barnsdale one day - I too loved watching Geoff Hamilton. Best wishes, Pj x

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Thank for your lovely messages they make my day,Thea x