A Special Garden, Very special!

There are a few gardens you walk into and feel all is perfectly comfortable. Is that an old age description, I wonder? However, I’m sure you know what I mean – not a matter of comfortable armchairs and slippers – but that feeling in a garden when everything fits together in an apparent effortless manner, the perfect fit.

I recall the first occasion we walked into Beth Chatto’s garden and feeling it so very clearly – this was a garden perfectly in tune with its location and setting. There was no artifice, no pretence, nothing gaudy nor vulgar, no gimmicks. Instead, a garden of good, simple design filled with well-chosen plants and a blend of house and garden which felt as though they had both been together for many years.

Mildred Stoke’s garden at Killurney, near Kilsheelin, Co. Tipperary is another example of such a garden. We have visited many times, have always enjoyed the occasion, and have done so again today.

I’m not going to waffle on – have a look at my photos from today and you will understand.

Mildred Stoke's Garden (1)

Mildred Stoke's Garden (49)

Mildred Stoke's Garden (37)

Mildred Stoke's Garden (39)

Mildred Stoke's Garden (12)

And an album of views within the garden…

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Paddy Tobin

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2 thoughts on “A Special Garden, Very special!

  1. How lovely to find such warm appreciation of a garden that doesn’t seem to be too far removed from normal mortals! I know of another where one feels that everything is fitting and perfectly adapted to the genius Locii -pardon my latin, it was the bane of poor old Brother ——– who tried to hammer nouns and conjugations into out young heads. Id have like more text to accompany the splendid photographs but then I am never satisfied. Someday I shall visit that garden to confirm your excellent opinion of it! many thanks for sharing.

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