..and there is no one more expert or helpful than Beth Chatto. I mentioned her in yesterday's post, and browsing her website www.bethchatto.co.uk came across the information that she has become the first Honorary Patron of Great Dixter. I can't imagine anyone better. She and Christopher Lloyd of Great Dixter were great friends, and both loved to share their knowledge and their gardens.
When I first visited Beth Chatto's garden I was almost overwhelmed by its beauty. Here were no formal vistas/ parterres/allusions to classical gardens/ornaments/fountains/signposts/tearooms/grandiose effects/gift shops - nothing but marvellous plants beautifully grown and wonderfully put together with knowledge and love and artistry.
I wrote a letter to say how much I loved it. It wasn't the kind of letter that required a reply, so I was very touched to receive a lovely hand written letter back from Mrs Chatto.
I'm hoping to visit again this autumn....