On the Topiary Lawn, Fergus explained to us that what had once been kept as a formal lawn became a meadow awash with orchids once the mowing regime was relaxed. At another time of year, we would have seen a carpet of orchids, apparently a sight to behold!
On to the Exotic Garden, and we were treated to some of the most recent experimental design in the garden. This garden had started out as a collection of canna, dahlia and banana plants, with other plants added in over the years. Tetrapanax, Aloe, Catalpa, and Arundo donax were added next and then most recently conifers have been included too. This year, planting has been done right up to the path, so that visitors get up close and personal to the plants and have to push through them in places. There are splashes of colour, but it is mostly greens and greys. A huge variety of plants has been planted in combination, including Eucalyptus, Ginkgo biloba, Cotoneaster, cedars, begonias, ferns, bananas and palms.