Artist, Gardener, Writer



Terstan is fortunate with its surroundings - set in the water meadows near the River Test and having wonderful views to Stockbridge Down, North-West Hampshire. Wild life abounds, Kestrels nest in the trees, and there are many other birds including Woodpeckers. We also have plenty of rabbits (which are less welcome - but we are learning how to deal with them!)

Over 40 years ago we rescued a small, damp farm cottage from near dereliction. Since then we have gradually made a garden where none existed - fighting back the nettles, brambles and rank weeds.

We now have about an acre under cultivation. To make things easier we have split up the garden with hedges and shrubs into bite-sized patches, tackling them one by one. The result is about seven separate areas, each of which has its own character, but visually tied together by a common theme of circles and ovals. Brick paths and vistas make connections, inviting the visitor to explore.

I have designed a cottage garden for the 21st century, with abundant herbaceous planting, vivid colours and an ever-changing display of half-hardy plants in pots. There are lots of rare plants, a kitchen garden based on a maze, a showman's caravan overlooking an unusual gravel garden and plenty of seats where we can sit and contemplate.

The garden will be open for the National Gardens Scheme on a few days of the year. Please click on 'links' to find out more.

And you can also click here for Penny's Garden Blog

Entrance view copy 2
Border + house copy 2

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