Beth Chatto – someone I admired
It is with great sadness that I heard that Beth Chatto has passed away. She was an incredible lady, an inspiration to many garden designers. I myself have her book The Shade Garden and also the Dry Garden. My books are greatly thumbed through, a must have for garden designers.
I had the pleasure of walking around one of Beth Chatto’s show gardens. It was designed to demonstate a low water usage garden for The Prince of Wales Start Garden Party in 2010, encouraging sustainability. It was an enormous treat for me to walk around such an inspiring garden.
I also treasure a hand written note I received form Beth Chatto. She encouraged us garden designers and plant enthusiasts.
I have not made it to Beth Chatto’s gardens yet but as a garden designer in Oxford I have to make the journey. I recently purchased some plants from the nursery to add to the shade garden I created recently so if you are looking for inspiration go to their nursery and plant something to remember a great lady of horticulture.