Ten members and three guests of the newly formed Leyland U3A Gardening Group enjoyed a memorable day at Gresgarth Hall Open Garden near Caton, Lancaster on Sunday 9th August 2015.
The Hall and gardens are owned by Sir Mark Lennox Boyd and his wife, the renowned landscape gardener, Arabella. Over a career spanning 40 years, Arabella has won six gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show and the Best in Show Award in 1998. She has undertaken commissions all over the world, ranging from small town gardens to large historical landscapes.
The garden layout is unique and the planting absolutely stunning. Arabella has designed the garden like a Persian carpet, dividing it into rooms, or small areas with different themes. We were all impressed by the variety of colour-themed planting and herbaceous borders. Other highlights included the Water Garden, Wild Garden and a magnificent Kitchen Garden and, of course, a welcome cup of tea and cake at the Old Mill (see group photo).
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Graham & June Butler.