Visiting Fitzroy Gardens for the first time, in winter, surprised me. I wasn't expecting a lot of beauty, due to the cold weather. However the gardeners have cleverly created gardens that are beautiful even in winter. There were plants in flower - although I'm sure there are many more in spring/summer. Even the plants without flowers are beautiful. The repetition of much of the planting allows for a magnificent sense of scale, which creates beauty. Strolling through the gardens gave a sense of what the original creators were trying to re-create, which was a sense of their old home.
Cook's Cottage was interesting, I learnt things I wasn't aware of about his travels, and it helped give a sense of place and time to the gardens.
I was inspired by the gardens, taking photographs of things I'd like to create in my own garden, and plan on visiting in the warmer months to make a comparison.
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