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…

This Week At Charleston: Allium attack

The walled garden looked quite stunning after the first frost of the year yesterday: artichoke leaves dusted white, snowdrops peeking through here and there and pale green hellebores like winter ghosts. My task for the day was to remove all of the alliums which have spread throughout the bed at the end of the lawn….

Winter pruning: this week in the garden at Charleston

The garden at Charleston is like a supermodel: it always photographs well. And what a joy it was to be back in the garden this week after a winter break for us volunteers. I returned to the garden on a perfect winter’s day – bright and cold – the downs behind creating a chiaroscuro effect…