Studley Royal, this idyllic English garden was created in the first half of the 18th century in the scenic Yorkshire Skell river valley. The main approach to the house is a long allee of trees focused on the Ripon Cathedral almost 3 miles on the horizon. The formal part of the garden is isolated from the Palladian house that burned down in 1946 but a similar Palladian style stables remains on 800 acres parkland. The raised valley floor anchored a series of straight and curved canals controlled by numerous weirs. The center of the valley and garden is a series of Moon ponds, one full circle, one half circle and two crescent that may represent the waxing and waning of the Moon. The ponds are laid out in an asymmetrical form that echos the natural serpentine valley floor and is reminiscent of natural oxbow lakes. Clipped yew hedges separate the formal water & Parterre à l'Angloise from the planted native tree hillside. Steep and angular turf banks frame the valley floor. Here the light and wind play off the water surface and the tree canopy. Everywhere the sound of water. Numerous statues by Andrew Carpenter
Frank Eddy and Mike Collins are gonna do it again. We had such a successful garden tour last year that we are planning another for 2016. On October 22 we are hosting a slideshow/cocktail party/Q&A event at Flora Grubb Gardens to tempt and seduce you. We will be indulging you with some nibbles and drinks, sharing some pictures from our last tour and offering ourselves to you for questions regarding the next tour.
Mike and I are planning our next tour through North Yorkshire, Kent and East Sussex. We are still negotiating the details but we will have a basic itinerary and cost for you to consider and anticipate. We are planning our escape for late summer 2016. The tour will be 6-7 days and nights. Along with guiding you through 7-10 gardens, we will provide accommodations, transportation, and meals.
Please consider joining us at Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco for a fun evening to check out what we have planned for next summer. Perhaps even some of last years guest may show up and offer testimonials to what an amazing time they had with us.
What: A cocktail party and slideshow with Mike Collins and Frank Eddy
Where: Flora Grubb Gardens, 1634 Jerrold Ave, San Francisco CA
It's official. After our successful 2014 Mike and Frank Quintessential English Garden Tour, we're hosting our third tour of those special English gardens in 2016. This years location is Kent, Sussex & Yorkshire.