Topiary Mad at The Potting Shed

Published: Tuesday 17th Dec 2013

Written by: Carol Attwell

Today, topiary is mostly seen as the preserve of stately homes and formal gardens, out of reach from the rest of us. Rachel de Thame from the Great British Garden Revival on BBC2 however, thinks that it’s time that this great tradition of trimming and shaping plants returns to all our gardens. Rachel went to meet a topiary-obsessed woman in Kent, who has transformed her entire garden using amazing topiary creations.  This woman is Charlotte Molesworth, one of our home owners, who owns The Potting Shed which is tucked away behind the handsome Church at the top of the attractive village green in Benenden and is a haven of loveliness.  The Potting shed has been carefully renovated retaining the original beams and timbers to create a charming little cottage which the owner fills with jars of fresh garden flowers. The exceptionally beautiful gardens that surround the owners' house and erstwhile potting shed feature magnificent mature topiary hedges, vegetable patches and flower filled arbours offering many nooks and crannies in which to enjoy endless tranquility. This is an ideal base from which to visit other famous gardens nearby including Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Hole Park, Great Dixter and Pashley Manor.   You can still catch this espisode if you are quick ... on BBC iplayer.

Carol Attwell
Carol Attwell


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