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Kiftsgate Court perched on the northern edge of the Cotswolds Hills in Gloucestershire is a garden composed of many different scenes Some elements the bluebell wood the clipped hedging and the rose border with its famously huge Kiftsgate rose are traditionally English but there are also areas of Italianate planting and terracing and others where a mixture of perennials roses and rare and exotic shrubs thrive side by side Eually remarkable is the fine balance between continuity and gentle evolution that the visitor finds at Kiftsgate This is largely because the garden has belonged to the same family since its creation years ago Three women have tended Kiftsgate each one its driving force for a third of a century and each building on the legacy of the previous generation In Heather Muir and her husband Jack bought the house which.

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Kiftsgate Court Gardens: Three Generations of Women Gardeners

Stands on a relatively narrow plateau from which a bank plunges feet Heather gave Kiftsgate its structure laying out the semi formal gardens by the house planting the tapestry hedge and rose garden and terracing the banks In Heather was succeeded by her daughter Diany Binny who extended and developed her mother s planting madeborders and paths and refashioned the White Sunk Garden Since the late s Diany s daughter Anne Chambers has been at the helm further modernizing the garden and its planting creating new areas of interest and openingoften to the public As Robin Lane Fox who has written the foreword comments There is nowhere else in Britain that has such a family tradition of planting and dedication It is intimate but many sided evolving but with roots in a remarkable past This beautiful new book the first dedicated to Kift.

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Sgate is structured in two main parts For the first The History Vanessa Berridge has had exclusive access to the Kiftsgate archive which contains not only family photographs but also letters from their gardening friends helping us to understand why and how Heather Diany and Anne have gardened Among the circle of friends and acuaintances who feature are Lawrence Johnston of Hidcote Manor Kiftsgate s neighbour Vita Sackville West the creator of Sissinghurst Castle Garden and the horticulturalist Graham Stuart Thomas gardens adviser to the National Trust The second part of the book takes the reader on an extended tour of the garden illustrated by the glorious photography of Sabina Ruber The tour concludes with notes on Kiftsgate s signature plants and Anne Chambers s personal reflections on this one of the great gardens of England.

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