Julie at Heronswood Garden, The Diggers Club, Dromana, Australia.
Passion for Gardening
Heronswood Garden, The Diggers Club, Dromana, Australia
Julie was in the UK as a botanical guide leading a 10-day tour of British gardens and she decided to spend some of her time working with the gardening teams at Sissinghurst and Hidcote for a week each.
Can you describe your experience at Sissinghurst?
"At Sissinghurst, I loved the planting combinations, obviously planted by a designer with a strong sense of form and texture. The gardening team is so dedicated, they really feel it's an honor to work there, this loyalty results in a amazingly high standard of maintenance with great attention to detail. The gardeners were also very hospitable and welcoming. I really felt part of the team, even though I only spent a week with them.
How would you compare gardening in the UK with gardening in Australia?
"My trip really reinforced the idea that England is a nation of gardeners, it really seems to be the number one leisure pursuit. During my 10 day garden tour, I saw so many fabulous gardens, lots of different styles, but all great examples of horticultural diversity and excellence.
In terms of sustainability, what are the concerns of Australians?