I’d heard that The Dorothy Clive Garden is at its peak in spring, so I headed over there yesterday to find out for myself. What do you think?
This garden was made with love, and it shows. It was transformed out of a deserted gravel quarry on a hillside by Harry Clive for the delight of his wife, Dorothy, who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
I was slightly overwhelmed at just how beautiful this garden is at this time of the year. Some of the plant combinations are really inspired.
I never expected to fall in love with azaleas and rhododendrons in 2015! This garden has a glorious collection of them, all bursting with plant happiness.
One of the most striking features is the famous laburnum walk. As you can see it’s still a few days from reaching its peak: the canopy is loaded with buds and the stately alliums along the walk will soon be in full flower.
It was so peaceful being almost alone in late afternoon in this lovely part of the garden with only birdsong for company: an experience to treasure.
I have more pictures to share but wanted to post these quickly to try to tempt you to see it at its best if you’re anywhere near the area. The Dorothy Clive Garden certainly makes a lovely rehab for everyone wondering where to get their next horticulture fix after the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
As this is a hillside garden, not all areas are fully accessible – please check the website before making a visit.