Regular readers will know that the Garden Museum Garden Literary Festival is one of my favourite, favourite events of the year.Chatsworth House which made it a double delight. As I have previously said, Chatsworth is relatively close to home and a garden I have visited many times both as a child and an adult. I last visited last October when the Garden Media Guild was invited to visit and learn about the new Arcardian Garden at Chatsworth designed by Tom Stuart Smith. The Literary Festival gave me two connected opportunities: I could visit this garden again to see how it was developing and I could go to the talk given by Tom Stuart Smith about his work at Chatsworth and his work at the Hepworth Wakefield. As you might expect, a visit to the Hepworth Wakefield is now firmly on the list.
The many aspects of the Chatworth gardens were admired, from the orchids in the grass,
to the contrasting formal pauses of green spaces that soothe,
and all the while attending the various talks. The talks run in parallel sessions so you have to make hard decisions about which you are going to. The greatest joy of this event is that find out about books I would possibly not have come across. I listen to talks about great gardening people and great gardens. I add books to the list of ones I must buy (Miss Dior by Justine Picardie is a must, they sold out before I buy one but I will buy this book soon) and I also buy books whilst I am there:
After listening to Todd Longstaffe Gowan's talk I knew is book was going to jump into hands and come home with me. It features gardens I know of and ones I do not. I cannot wait to plunge into this book.
Oh and I bought some smelly soap too. I lurve smelly soap. A nice strong scent makes me happier than it should. I call it 'old lady soap' which means that as an old lady I am absolutely in the right position to buy it.
These dark red Martagon lilies were also working to great impact in different areas of the garden. Oh how I wish they would grow for me, I am encourage (or is it deluded enough) to want to try again.As ever I know I need to return to Chatsworth again soon. I want to explore more of these gardens as I have still not visited all there is to offer.
Now I am looking forward to next year's Literary Festival and wondering where it will take me.