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Beth Chatto is a wonderful gardener. In England she is also a very famous writer of garden books. The Beth Chatto Gardens began in 1960. From an overgrown wasteland with poor gravel soil and boggy hollows, it has been transformed into an informal garden harmonising with the surrounding countryside. The gardens are an inspiration to anyone who visits them - the art of planting at its best.
The Gravel Garden was built in 1991. The old car park used to be located here. The photograph is showing the light during the hottest time of the day - lunch-time.
A lot of different perennial herbs are growing in the Gravel Garden.
The Gravel Garden is placed near the entrance.
At the end of the Gravel Gardens is a little, grassy path to take you to the big area of the Water Garden. Five large ponds were created where, from early summer until late autumn, the impact of lush green growth is almost overpowering.
This is the view when you stand between the first two ponds and you are looking towards the Reservoir and the Woodland Gardens.
Primulas and Silenas like this garden - and perennial herb lovers like it as well!
It' s very interesting to see the different forms of the leaves and the grasses.
A lot of special copses like the bald cypress makes walking more interesting.
At last she said, that I would normally have seen Beth Chatto with the garden scissors working in her garden, but just one day before I came, she fell down and broke her arm!
When I asked myself why I like everything here, I remembered, that Beth Chatto's garden philosophy is very near to that of Margery Fish (East Lambrook Manor). And I love the garden books and the wonderful garden of M. Fish, too.
Isn' t it great? The blue Hosta with the Japanese Hakonechloa is a classic combination.
And so with this picture I' ll end this trip to England' s gardens today.