The autumn colours at Denmans are stunning, despite the year’s dry spells.

Autumn has arrived at Denmans and the array of colours shown by the turning leaves and the branches, stems and trunks of deciduous shrubs and trees are as good as ever this year despite the stress of our dry spring through summer.

We have just started out on a project in the garden that relates to the 50 years of gravel gardens at Denmans about which you hopefully will have seen on our website, Facebook page, and our booklet on-site which visitors are given to read while visiting the garden.

First of all, it is necessary to go back to December 2017, when I was asked by John Brookes to start clearing the overgrown areas of the garden to the north and south of the Cottage, which is where Joyce Robinson lived until her death in 1996.  His main focus was on the south side.


John died before he had decided what to plant south of the Cottage.


It was John’s intention to move into the Cottage once renovation and repair work had been completed.  He wanted to alter the borders of this part of the garden and to extend the lawn up and around the small pond towar