An extra pleasure was various sculptural elements including obelisks, a gate of metal foxgloves, and cut out dancing figures in a meadow. One “room” is a chessboard with simplified welded chess pieces. Sadly the rain crept in on us and soon it was constant so we retired to the house for tea and shelter. This garden is open throughout the summer and later in support of various charities – we could see extensive planting for autumn borders in front of the house. Sadly we did not have time to explore the furniture making, forge and sculpture workshops houses in outbuildings here too.
I would also like to emphasise that the warmth and friendliness with which we were greeted at every venue was wonderful; a big thank you to all of you who hosted us in your gardens. And, a special thank you to Sue Bennison who yet again has come up with a totally successful programme for us. Thank you Sue.
There is further information on the various websites, and see RHS The Garden May 2014 for a detailed article on Bennison Peonies.