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Arianrhod 
Posted: 14-Mar-2004, 10:12 AM
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These are lovley ..

http://www.scotland-info.co.uk/gardens.htm

http://www.treasuresofbritain.org/gardenslinks.htm

http://www.gardenvisit.com/m/high.htm

http://website.lineone.net/~kathycameron/gardens.htm

http://www.gardening-uk.com/

http://www.ngs.org.uk/

http://www.gardensincornwall.co.uk/

http://shell.exo.com/~dm/
US and UK Gardens here.. and water gardens too!

http://www.uktvstyle.co.uk/Welcome/Index.cfm thumbs_up.gif
Fun site !

I hope this bring some inspiration for your own corner of the Planet..
and a look at some of the plants from the UK, we can use here at home..

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Thanks Paula! Those are fun to visit.

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Arianrhod
The sixth URL you give is one which illustrates the UK 'Yellow Book' scheme. This is when private gardens are opened up for a couple of weekends a year for charity. These gardens are often not the 'grand', private gardens, but the gardens of people who live in modest homes, but truly love gardening. It is a great idea, and I have visited some absolutely wonderful gardens, some of them no bigger than a pocket handerkerchief sized plot biggrin.gif Is there a similar scheme in the USA?
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Posted: 22-Mar-2004, 09:29 AM
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I am so glad those sites are getting some lookie loos !
Glad you took the "tour" Dreamer1

I loved the Garden Finder in that site you are speaking of Cat ...

Things here in the U.S are changing for the "home" gardener..

Gardening had become a fast growing hobby in the past few years...
I think the new big home improvement stores have a good bit to do with it ..
They are taking the mystery away from the person , who may not have ever
even put in an impatient...or hung a ready made basket..
Giving them a place to buy , that is'nt as large of an investment..
along with well educated people to ask questions , and talk , and plan with ..

Garden Clubs have been around as long as I can remember..
Mostly in the neighborhoods with large, lovley homes, and a lady of the house,
who did not work outside of the home...
They did garden tours.. and had socities..Herb, Rose ... ext..
Mostly a pretty rarifed circle ...Things may have been different in other places,
I can only tell you how it was here..

That is no longer the case... smaller communites are forming Garden Clubs..
With so many women in the work force today , mostly all of the members work outside of the home... they all manage to meet and do the bussines at hand..
even with their busy lifes..

Here is where you can find the most interesting garden tours!
Treasures and jewels you would never imagine , tucked away in neighborhoods
that for the most part, are seen as just avarage..
I love these tours the most! the host and hostess are usally on hand , to hear praises, and answer any questions..Since I have this digital camera, I hope to be bringing a lot of these brillant wee gardens, right here to CR.. for all of us to enjoy, and be inspired by...
It is wonderful to see these Mansions, and Castles, and their grounds, that are tended by dozens of staff...
Since so few of us live like that wink.gif ..
I find it even more wonderful to see these homey gardens.. and the creative , imaginatve plantings... and Water Features! Water Gardening is taking off like crazy!
Good question Cat ! Thanks for asking !

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Posted: 22-Mar-2004, 11:10 AM
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Thanks for the information, Paula.

As you know, we go down to Cornwall at least twice a year (if possible). This is a picture of Caerhays Castle.

http://www.caerhays.co.uk/pages/about_the_estate.cfm

The family who live there open both the house and the gardens a couple of times a year. Their rhododendron, azalea and magnolia woods are JUST amazing.. They hold the National Collection of Magnolias in the UK.

Don't know if you ever caught the BBC version of 'Rebecca' (Daphne Du Maurier's book) - well, Caerhays doubled for 'Manderley'...

Interestingly, in the meadow in front of the castle, just by the roadside which passes the estate, they have a herd of highland cattle... so incongruous to see 'heilan' coos' so far from home!
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Posted: 22-Mar-2004, 11:25 AM
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Thank you for that site Cat ..
nice wee place in the country smile.gif

I was in Nashville for work a couple of years ago..
the Magnolias are breathtaking.. even the leaves are magnificent !

I will make a point of seeing that Version of one of my very favorite books!

I have the Hitchcock directed version with Joan Fontaine , and Laurence Olivier
and have read the book, and Jamaica Inn, finding anything else of hers in print is impossible ....
Tell me , is the Mrs Danvers as creepy in the PBS version ?

I belive "Manderley" was in Cornwall? was'nt it ? right on the sea..
I would love to visit that Castle !

I can not seem to get my pics of the Highland , I shot at the games to load here!
Jason would love to see them. grazing in front of such an amazing place I bet !

Thanks again Cat.. that site is wonderful!

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Here's a pic of the beach where Rebecca used to meet her lover in the boathouse....


The views back up to the Castle are great... http://www.caerhays.co.uk/pages/caerhays_beach.cfm

I've got all her books... I re-read them every couple of years. I recently read 'The King's General' about Grenville, the King's General in the West at the time of the Civil War...

I have visited Jamaica Inn a couple of times - it is still there! BUT, it is now a really twee tea room and tourist trap... cool.gif
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Posted: 23-Mar-2004, 08:11 AM
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I am happy to know Jamica Inn was a real place smile.gif

I wanted to add, how happy I am that "normal" homes gardens
are getting the recognison they so richy deserve...

Even if it is a flat of impatients , flowers can add so much to
to a home...not much yard?
Plant in pots, even tomatos will grow in a tweny pound bag of dirt slit open..
Even in my apartment I had window boxes.. right smack dab in the East End of the city, and a family of wrens who made one their home..

It is also another room in season..
I live in the yard when the weather is good...
entertain, wine and dine back there..

Gone are the days when gardening was for grannies..
it is no longer a rich womans hobby ..

It is for everyone, to embrace, and to enjoy ..
and call your own heart.gif

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Posted: 23-Mar-2004, 10:28 AM
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I couldn't agree more, Paula!

I've been a keen gardener for 30 years. My mother let us all have little plots when we were children and I always made sure that I had pot-plants, even when I lived in a flat as a student. When I got my first home, it was a garden flat and that's when I first became REALLY hooked. My husband is exactly the same!
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I have never thought gardening was for 'grannies'. I guess it's my farming blood. LOL!
To me it's not something I want to do..it is something I *need* to do. I am just drawn to it. And while I am doing it....in those quiet moments I just think back to my grandfathers..... and remember them working the fields. Maybe I'm waxing nostalgia but.... it something I remember. My Gpa Gettys is gone. And my Gpa Montgomery is still here in his late 70's and still working the fields.....

I'm getting sappy so I am going to stop wink.gif


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Spring is the time for sap !

You were blessed to be raised like that!
I need to get in the dirt too! its not a choice with me ..
its a need..but I was not brought up on a farm sad.gif
So many of us were not..
We had mothers who did not can, or bake bread...
My mother gardened.. she enjoyed breaking all the rules .
Me.. I like the Engish Garden type of blowsie look ..
Gardening for a long time..was a hobby alot of us did not have time for...
now with more leasure time, more and more people are gardening..
Folks who never would have before ! I love that , and find it wonderful !

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Ah, my mom didn't can or anything like that. But going out to my grandparants farm everyweekend with m'dad is what did it.
My mom did work in the landscaping though. She really enjoys doing that. My mom and dad both grew up on a farm. I am the first generation that didn't. All m'moms brothers and sisters kids grew up in the city. but my brother and i are the only ones that still enjoy going out to the farm and working. Or just walking...... as long as we are there......
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The UK pioneered the setting up of 'National Collections' of different plants. Some of these 'National Collections' are in the safe-keeping of people who are totally amateur gardeners (although not amateur in their knowledge of their specialist plant species, I hasten to add!)

It means that if you are particularly interested in say, clematis, then you can go to look at the National Collection and buy direct from the experts...

Have a look at this site http://www.nccpg.com/#


This system is being copied around the world. Do you have a similar set-up in the USA yet?
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Posted: 25-Mar-2004, 07:30 AM
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What we have in place here in the US , is more to save some of the Native Flora..
Not so much cultivated garden type plants...that I am able to find so far..
I am sure that is to follow, I know there wild places tucked away where these plants on the list still thrive.. that you may not be able to find anywhere else..

http://opgc.osu.edu/main.asp?ID=15
This site has garden plants .. it is like a wee baby step towards what you have in the UK..

http://plants.usda.gov/home_page.html
Here is the National Plant Data Base..
More "native " plants and agricultural ...

I love the idea of , being able to buy directly from someone who is an expert on
that plant... I have to do a bit more "digging" around, to see if there is a group like this here .. I will make a few inquires today, with The Civic Garden Club, and the WP Conservency.. who I know has an active interest in perserving species..

Besides being a brilliant idea..
I think this points out , how NEW of a Nation the United States is..
and how new the "more common" gardener is here also

Good stuff Cat! Thanks ...
I wonder if I can get any of them to ship to the US?
Customs can be persnickity about plants..
Still smarting from the introduction to Kudzu I guess
http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/fact/pulo1.htm

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Posted: 25-Mar-2004, 09:22 AM
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Yes it's a great scheme, and should be adopted by other countries.

I've bought lots of plants from some of the specialist growers. Azaleas, potentillas, clematis and penstemons, for instance.

Re your comment about 'common gardeners'.... well, that just about sums me up!

I know the USA is very, very cagey about what plants they allow into the country (as are we here in the UK). But I expect any of the specialist growers would know the answer - or check with the US Customs?
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