7 Reasons to love the Charleston Festival of the Garden

The Concept: the two-day Festival of the Garden was curated by leading landscape designer and 8 times Chelsea gold medallist Tom Stuart-Smith. This year’s subtitle was ‘Gardening for Curious Minds’, with themes including husbandry versus wildness, allotments and sustainability and the healing garden. I was only able to attend – as a volunteer – on…

Forget-me-nots, sweet peas and a surprise: this week at Charleston

“The forget-me-nots are holding the garden together at this time of year,” said Head Gardener Fiona, when I joined her in the walled garden at Charleston farmhouse in East Sussex yesterday, where I volunteer one day a week. After two weeks off for the Easter holidays, it seemed to me that an awful lot is…

Spring is in the air at Charleston

Officially, Spring begins at the vernal equinox on the 21 March, but according to some it starts on the first day of the month. I think all of us in the UK can agree that there was absolutely nothing springlike about St David’s Day┬áthis year. But by yesterday, Spring was definitely in the air at…