Thursday, July 29, 2010


All pictures published with the kind permission of UGArdener.

"I am a middle aged American man living in the North Georgia mountains near the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. My wife and I are active hikers. We love to travel in England because of the cool weather, the extensive public transportation and the thousands of miles of public footpaths. I have been working on a garden of my own for twelve years. I have used many of the ideas that I have gotten from English gardens."

These are the words of "UGAardener", a wonderful and prolific photographer. He has most generously shared his experiences in many albums of English villages and gardens. His pictures are artistic and inspired as you can see above.

Many visitors to England, never get beyond London (and some people never get a chance to go on a vacation at all) so this is a fantastic opportunity to see England at its best and most beautiful. Here is the perfect guide!

Below are some of his many albums (many days enjoyment) presented in no particular order. (Playing music is recommended, and also using the "full screen" mode. Click in the right hand lower corner where there are four dots. To leave the "full screen" mode, press the "esc" key.)

-The Gardens, Park and House at Chatsworth in Derbyshire (the house used as Pemberly, the estate belonging to Mr. Darcy in Pride and Predjudice)

-Broadway, Cotswolds, Worcestershire
-Snowshill Manor, Cotswolds
-Bourton on the Hill, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire
-Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire
-Tissington, Derbyshire

-I do not like hiking myself, but I certainly enjoy the photos from the walk in the Shropshire Hills and Tissington Trail in Derbyshire.
-More hiking: Dovedale, Beresford Dale, Wolfscote Dale, Milldale and Biggen Dale in Derbyshire and Heart of England Way near Sezincote

-The Cobblestone Streets of Rye, East Sussex
-Haddon Hall, Derbyshire
-Sissinghurst the famous garden created by Vita Sackville West
-Hidcote Manor Garden, one of England's most interesting gardens.
-Bakewell, Derbyshire
-Ludlow, Shropshire
-Sezincote Garden, Cotswolds
-Chastleton House and Village
-Oxford - City of Dreaming Spires
-Moreton in Marsh, Cotswolds
-Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
-Blockley Village, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire
-Nymans Garden in East Sussex
-Mill Dene Gardens, Blockley, Cotswolds

-And of course there is dear old London. Walk one, two, three, four and five

So what influence have all these trips to England had on UGAardner's own garden in Northern Georgia in America? I have discovered many.

Our UGAardener has been a big contributor to the English Garden Group where there are masses of pictures to enjoy!

UGAardener has many more albums, here grouped in "collections" to make it easier. Here are the "500 most interesting" photos from all his albums.

There are other photographers also in love with English gardens and I particularly like this selection by Nigel Burkitt.

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