The Barnsley Festival was founded by one of Britain's finest gardeners, the late Rosemary Verey. The small Cotswold village is home to several examples of her work, from her own splendid garden at Barnsley House Hotel to smaller gardens in and around the village. I was unsure as to whether I would go as the weather had been quite unsettled. I didn't think I would get very many appealing pictures if it was cold, wet and windy with grey skies, flowers bouncing around in the wind and visitors looking grim, huddled up against the cold in their winter coats! Checking the forecast the night before however, it seemed that it might be a reasonable day after all, if not especially summery, so I decided I would get away early on the Saturday morning.
Afetr a two hour drive I arrived in the delightful village, parking in the designated field in glorious sunshine. The entrance fee to the event gets you a garden passport giving you access to 11 gardens, including Barnsley House, Barnsley Arboretum, and Barnsley Park, a fine Georgian House whose gardens are only open on Festival Day.
|Cherry Blossom in the Arboretum|
|A giant chair carved out of the stump of a tree|
|I loved this huge pot tucked away in the corner of one of the gardens|
These next few pictures are taken in The Little House garden, designed by Rosemary Verey.
|The view from the garden back into the village|
|Cowslips and Forget me nots|
|The front garden at The Little House|
|Ice cream seller|
|Music from the Salvation Army Band|
|Winner of the best garden ( Barn Cottage) collects her prize from celebrity chef Phil Vickerey|
|Celebrity guest Fern Britten accepts a bouquet from Barnsley House Head Gardener Richard Gatenby as Phil Vickerey looks on|
|Entertainment for the children from Robbo|
|The traffic ladies|
|More plants for sale|
|The barbeque at The Village Pub|
|Vintage watering cans|
|Cherry blossom and Cotswold stone|
|Plant sales at the front of the hotel|
|Morris Dancing on the lawns|
|Exploring the gardens|
|Apple blossom in the Potager|
The Herbs for Healing Garden
The Herbs for Healing garden is owned by Davinia Wynne-Jones. Davinia grew up in the famous gardens at Barnsley House, sharing a passion for herbs with her mother Rosemary Verey.
|Davinia Wynne -Jones conducting a tour of her garden|
|Late afternoon and time for tea and cake|
|The walk back to the car along lanes full of beautiful Cow Parsley|