Inspirational Locations – Episode 3 Wednesday 12th July 2017

In this episode Alan visits the beautiful Shepherd’s Cottage, a garden so packed with love – it can’t help but make you feel good. It was built and designed by Ann-Marie Powell, and Alan met with the owner and keen gardener, Jackie.

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Built on a slope near Chichester, the garden is divided into several areas linked together by a gentle winding path, each area offers you something to make your heart sing.

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At the bottom end, the soft pink palette of the wild flower meadow and informal orchard, evokes the romance of any Mills and Boon novel. It’s a spot to sit and relax away from the cares of the world and revel in nature and wildlife.

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Further up the slope there is passion to be found in the generous beds around the terrace, rammed with flowers in a brilliant vibrant and brave colour scheme that changes over the seasons.

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Working your way around the house there is a cosy and sheltered dining area – with abundant planting at head height as you sit, you can’t help but feel warm and comforted.

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At the top of the garden is a magical woodland, sheltered under the dappled shade of some silver birches, is light and fluffy planting reminiscent of a fairy dell, and perfect for young Honey who had made her own attempt to create a fairy garden. It has the feeling of a hidden retreat where you can enjoy the calm, or whisper and share secrets.

The garden is open under the National Garden Scheme. https://www.ngs.org.uk/?bf-garden=34266

And you can find out more about garden designer Ann-Marie Powell here: http://www.ann-mariepowell.com/

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