Today I wanted to bring you some impressive photos of little-known East Anglian gardens. As a novice gardener (an someone who has no idea what to do with their empty plot) I’ve been flicking through lots of gardening books recently. I was thoroughly inspired by the newly released ‘Secret Gardens of East Anglia’ book so read on to find out more…
The book is a result of the combined efforts of of well-known horticulturalist and garden writer Barbara Segall and garden library photographer Marcus Harpur. The pair form an award-winning team and have visited all 22 gardens in this book to experience the spaces for themselves. And Marcus Harpur took some rather beautiful photos in the process.
Featuring impressive gardens from around the counties of Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex, every page celebrates the culture, beauty and diversity of the region. We not only learned about the natural conditions and the plants that have thrived in the area, the book also tells us a little more about the garden creators themselves.
This personal approach really got me interested in the book. Sure, it’s nice to look at lovely photos of gardens but it’s the owners style that intrigues me most. As someone who is only just starting out on their gardening journey, it was interesting for me to learn about the specific challenges and rewards the gardeners have encountered while tending to their gardens.
The book features famous spots such as Columbine Hall, a moated garden with a series of green rooms, Kittling Tower with it’s field of daffodils for a Tudor gatehouse, Ulting Wick with thousands of tulips against a backdrop of black wooden barns and the Wyken Hall with vines and roses surrounding an Elizabethan manor house.
Even the president of the Royal Horticultural Society hasn’t escaped the camera lens. Barbara and Marcus visited this private garden at Raveningham Hall to find out just what the RHS president gets up to behind closed gates.And here’s the exciting part – you can win a copy of Secret Gardens of East Anglia in my giveaway. In fact, I’ve got two copies of the book for two lucky readers to win so enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. There are plenty of ways you can gain entries into the competition so give it a go – and best of luck to you all!