My first visit to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) garden at Wisley rather reminded me of the old Chinese proverb – ‘one who plants a garden, plants happiness.”To say I was like a child in a sweet shop would be an understatement; I was completely enthralled with Wisley finding it one of the most enjoyable visits I have ever made to a garden.
RHS Garden Wisley is one of the great gardens of the world. More than just a collection of plants it is a wonderful source of inspiration, education and enjoyment.
Perry Green, in Hertfordshire, was home for over 40 years to sculptor Henry Moore, his wife Irina and later their daughter Mary. Over this time, Irina Moore transformed an area behind their house, Hoglands, into a beautiful border garden, dividing it with paths and introducing structural levels. An apple orchard and kitchen garden were also created.
From the late 1950s, Henry Moore acquired more land, extending the boundaries of his estate beyond Hoglands to create further studios and grounds for displaying sculpture and he and Irina worked together to adapt these new areas with Irina introducing specially sited shrubs and trees to frame the outdoor sculptures.
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