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‘A Garden…is the Purest of Human Pleasure. It is the Greatest Refreshment to the Spirits of Man’
Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
Forde Abbey in Somerset
Last May, I visited the Tulip Festival at Forde Abbey. It was a spectacular display of Spring Flowers.
Each year, the Head Gardener, Joshua Sparkes chooses another layout and last year, the tulips had been planted in concentric circles – they were absolutely stunning.
Sustainability is at the centre of everything that is done at Forde and this year Joshua has shifted the focus away from massed tulips to a ‘Tapestry of Spring Flowers’ – I’ll be sad to miss it.
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