Obviously the garden staff here at Chartwell are incredibly proud of Sir Winston Churchill’s gardens and we all do everything we can to not only maintain them as best we can but also to make improvements where possible. We love working here and we want our many visitors each year to enjoy coming to see the grounds and the wider estate as much as possible too.
Sometimes though it can be a bit tricky to put ourselves in the shoes of a visitor. We might get too wrapped up in the minutiae of the work we are doing or we may perhaps just be too darn busy to stop once in a while and smell the proverbial roses. I have therefore been having a quick look on the tinterweb for reviews and feedback of some of the bloggers out there who have paid us a visit and then taken the time and effort to write about it.
The first blog you should have a look at is this Grows On You Blog by Tracey. Tracey says that on previous visits she’d “seen the book of the illustrations in the house of the 50 golden/yellow coloured Roses given to the Churchill’s on their Golden Wedding Anniversary from their children”, but she’d never timed her visit to actually see the roses in flower. This visit in question occured in June/July last year and was timed perfectly. “I wasn’t disappointed!” she told me. In fact she ends the blog post on Chartwell and our Golden Rose Avenue by saying that “I’m glad to have seen it at last and it lived up to my expectations too!”. We’re glad to hear it, Tracey!
The next blog about a visit to the gardens at Chartwell comes from Charlotte aka the Galloping Gardener! Her post can be found by clicking here. Charlotte told me that she “visited Chartwell because I knew that it had a wonderful rose garden and also knew that a lot of work had been done on the kitchen garden, which was looking really lovely when I last visited. Chartwell will certainly come as a surprise to garden lovers – it’s a magnificent property and immaculately maintained.” Sounds like another satisfied visitor which can only be good news in our book!
The next blog to take a look at is the most recent one written about us as far as I know. Marie Shallcross is a local garden designer for Plews Garden Design who visited us when we were still under snow earlier in February and you can read about how she got on by clicking here. Although Marie was particularly complimentary about our Winter Border, she went to comment that ” the gardening team create and maintain interesting displays throughout the gardens”. Marie hopes to come back and visit the gardens again soon when Spring is well and truely springing!
Another blogger who was particularly impressed with our Winter Border was Helen O’Donnell, except she visited us in October 2011 when the sun was shining! You read all about Helen’s visit in her Anemone Times blog here. Helen thought that Chartwell “was an enchanting place and we all certainly felt like we were close to greatness. The spirit of Churchill was alive and well here!” We couldn’t agree more, Helen.
The last blog about the gardens here at Chartwell might be considered a bit of a cheat and that’s because it’s by a friend of mine, John ‘Bertie’ Bainbridge. John completed the National Trust Careership in the same year year as me, studying at Hidcote, and you can read about his visit by pointing your mouse here. John says he enjoyed the realxed atmosphere at Chartwell and was particularly enamoured with the Butterfly House and the way we use it to raise native species, just as Sir Winston did when he lived here. You may have seen John if you caught the BBC4 series ‘Hidcote: A Garden For All Seasons” a couple of years ago. He is now working at Kew Gardens where he has continued his blog writing, the latest example of which you can have a gander at right here.
These are just a few of the brilliant blogs that visitors have been inspired to write following a visit to us here at Chartwell. Whether you want to do the same or not after your next visit to Churchill’s gardens, we hope to see you here again soon. Who knows, Chartwell may become your muse and the blog writing bug might grab you too!