Bus Riding in England
by Cheryl Walsh - posted 06/20/14

This is day eight of my tour with the Wisconsin Hardy Plant Society of gardens in England.  Getting to see three gardens a day in this beautiful area of the world has been amazing.  Being on a bus with 28 other plant loving people and hearing them talk about their gardens and their thoughts on what we just saw has been refreshing.  First stop today was at Jacksons Wold and the hardest part of the journey was when the bus driving down the single lane road met up with a cement truck.  He had to back up and pull over when he came to a little bit wider part of the road so the truck could go past us and let's just say that there was just inches between the bus and truck and a lot of gasps from us passengers.


English gardens have the great advantage of having the best hardscape ever with their pathways, walls, patios, stone buildings and gates.  Every planting looks great with stones to compliment it.



Alchemilla mollis (Lady's Mantle) even grows in small cracks in between the patio stones.  The homeowner just knows where to place the watering can and container in between the Lady's Mantle so it makes a great picture.


Every where I turned in this garden there was another interesting collection of something.


This was the entrance to another part of the garden and you can see the salvia planted in masses through the gate.  That is probably one of the many ideas I will bring back to my gardens.  The herbaceous borders that I saw the past few days all had masses of the same plants repeated throughout which really had an impact.  Tomorrow is the last day of our nine day adventure and I have been taking a lot of pictures to share over the next few months.


A self-proclaimed “plant geek,” Cheryl received her Horticulture degree at Milwaukee Area Technical College. She spent many years working in the Otter Creek Landscape division and at John Michael Kohler Arts Center gardens. She’s now the office manager for The Wreath Factory and Otter Creek Landscape. Check out her blog for tips, travels and things that pop up in her garden.