Forge House Show Gardens Showcase Garden Ornaments

Lovers of beautifully landscaped gardens, water features, picturesque temples and beautiful garden ornaments are in for a treat at the start of September, when Forge House in East Haddon, Northamptonshire, opens its gates as part of the National Gardens Scheme.

The open days, on September 1 and 2, hope to repeat the success of last year’s event, when £1,240 was raised for charity.

The house features Haddonstone’s show gardens, composed of various sections such as a Roman-style swimming pool, a gothic garden, a “green corridor” bedecked with garden ornaments in the form of Classical busts and a contemporary garden. Indeed, the whole grounds are an education in how best to display one’s garden statues and garden ornaments to their best advantage.

When the show gardens open in just a few days’ time, the NGS entry fee will be £2.50 for adults. The fee goes towards a raft of charities, including Help the Hospices, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Secret Garden Party Charms Bride-to-Be

Friends and relatives of a US bride-to-be gathered quirky garden ornaments, plants and flowers recently for a very special themed party.

Jessica Whiting of Marietta, Georgia, has been a lifelong fan of the much-loved children’s book The Secret Garden – and it was this book by Frances Hodgson Burnett that inspired the bridal shower.

Upon arrival, guests were greeted bygarden urns painted in bright colours, with the venue decked out with more flowers and decorative garden ornaments, such as garden statues, antique keys and gargoyles. This was followed by a delightful picnic-style lunch including cucumber sandwiches and chicken salad.

Garden parties are very popular in the summer months – although Georgia is of course lucky to have more hot days than back here in the UK! A celebration in a garden brightened up by statues and other garden ornaments can be a delightful but economical way to mark an occasion – from a bridal shower to a birthday.