EHS outing on Wednesday July 18 2018 to two amazing gardens:
Caster’s Brook, The Garden of Philip Jackson world renowned sculptor in Cocking near Midhurst West Sussex; Garden open in an annual event for charity, the Murray Downland Trust.Dean House in Kilmeston near Alresford, owned by the Gwyn family, open regularly under the NGS scheme; Head Gardener, Julian Blackwell.A full coach-load enjoyed a relaxed and eventful outing thanks to Annette Wood’s excellent organisation. Philip Jackson’s garden is designed on an artfully terraced steep slope down to a small lake. The planting is based on achieving a ‘natural’ wild-flower appearance with willows, willow herbs and umbellifers surrounding the lake plus parterres, a kitchen garden and a ‘Japanese Style’ area. Mr Jackson gave us an introductory talk to his sculpture in his workshop using a slide show, large photographs, casts and maquettes. He divides his work into two main types: monumental work such as the Bomber Command memorial in Green Park and more personal ‘gallery’ sculptures, often based on the Viennese carnival costumes some seen in dramatic positions in the garden. Jean Jackson provided home-made cakes and tea, which were served by their son in a small marquee.At lunchtime we were let loose for an hour and a half in Alresford. Enough of us had been there before to enable everyone to find somewhere to eat.Dean House is only a twenty minute ride away. Julian Blackwell, the head gardener gave us an introductory talk to this magnificent 7 acres with its broad sweep of lawns, herbaceous and mixed borders, well stocked glasshouses, symmetrical Pond Garden, 60 metre Wisteria tunnel walk and fully operational walled kitchen garden. Afterwards we were treated to a full cream tea and cakes back in the orangery and a twenty minute question and answer session with the garden staff.