Garden Events this year have been few and far between so I am loathe to pass up an opportunity to get out and safely visit somewhere. I was invited to go and visit Chenies Manor through the Garden Media Guild and we were assured that all would be correctly and safely socially distanced within the current Government regulations. The afternoon was sunny with some warmth and off I set. I had not visited this garden previously and so I was very excited to see what it would be like.
Due to the current pandemic we were not able to go into the house as it is very much a family home. This meant we could not do the indoor tour they usually have so, as said above, that will be for a future visit. This is a garden worthy of visit, it has the 'wow' factor the moment you enter, but also has that eye for detail and its own history that makes it special. I had hoped for a nice afternoon wandering a pleasant garden, what I experienced was so much more than that.
I have to mention that we were provided with tea and cake. The link between garden-visits and cake is well known. A garden visit can happen without cake and this has no impact on the quality of the visit. A garden visit can happen with poor cake and that will slightly dampen the afternoon. A garden visit with exceptional cake, that makes you want to go back and sample every cake they have on offer (even the carrot cake and that has vegetables in it) is the sign of an exceptional afternoon. This was an exceptional afternoon - I highly recommend the chocolate and salted caramel cake.
I have to thank the Macleod-Matthews family for inviting us to visit their stunning garden and also thank the Garden Media Guild for arranging it so carefully and responsibly.
Stay safe everyone, and be kind.