Two years ago, Gardens Illustrated magazine held a fabulous Garden Festival at Malmesbury where I heard the magically wonderful Fergus Garrett Head Gardener at Great Dixter and the wonderful Noel Kingsbury who co wrote the inspirational book Hummelo with Piet Oudolf which I loved reading.
When Gardens Illustrated announced they were holding another event, this time at Westonbirt School, I couldn't resist, I had to go. Not only because of the success of the first event, but because I last visited there in 1972 on teaching practice!
The day was perfect, with bright skies and strong sunshine, setting off Westonbirt House and the trees in the grounds perfectly:
Tom Stuart -Smith who talked about gardens he had designed on a rectangular, enclosed space in different parts of the world, and then at 4.15pm we went to listen to Roy Lancaster. I've very much enjoyed his articles in The Garden, the RHS magazine, and hoped he'd talk mostly about plants which he did.
The last part of his talk involved looking in a plant collector's box and bringing out a deep pink magnolia, very like one I'd coveted on one of the plant stalls.