There were nine gardens to visit at the Frimley Green Open Gardens Day yesterday. We managed to visit seven, missing out the Wharf Road Allotments, and 156 Frimley Green Road, only because the route we took from the Green was to the Church on the Green then to Bedford Lane and onto Henley Drive for garden number eight.
Charged up with tea and cake from the Frimley Green Guides and our map and garden guide we spent three and a half hours wandering around Frimley Green. Naturally, me being an inveterate talker, we got into many an enjoyable conversation. Some with the garden owners, others with visitors, especially when we found ourselves in the company of others on a similar route to us.
While all the gardens were interesting and fun to visit, with occasional humourous items, three gardens stood out. The small rear garden of Jim and Margaret Lawrence in Bedford Avenue had a garden path and path edging of recycled rubber, pleasing to walk on, and being black gave strong colour contrast to the garden.
Round the corner from the Lawrences in Bedford Crescent, Susan Philbin’s gardens, front and rear, were full of garden adornments within a strong modern design and many striking plants. The garden at Wildwood in The Hatches, well known to Frimley Green residents is of traditional English garden design with deep borders. Annie and Richard Keighley have created, in their words, “a magical haven for wildlife, a romantic showcase for tumbling roses and a peaceful leafy retreat”. Here are my photos of our visits,