A Seasonal Affair

In March’s ‘The Opportunist’ we unveiled plans for the development of a new Winter Garden focused around ten West Himalayan birch trees planted in the spring of this year. Following a successful summer in the ground those trees have now begun to establish, and the autumn which followed presented yet another window in which to … More A Seasonal Affair

The Natural Order of Things

Horticulture is a pursuit of such breadth and all-encompassing habit, that many of those who practice it may seem as distant from one another as those of different professions altogether. Winterbourne was conceived at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement. Inspired by the movement’s chief protagonist, Gertrude Jekyll, the cult of the herbaceous border is writ large across the suburban villa landscape. Yet, although Jekyll’s ideas have long since endured … More The Natural Order of Things

Snapshot: White

“Snow-white is very vague. There is nearly always so much blue about the colour of snow, from its crystalline surface and partial transparency, and the texture is so unlike that of any kind of flower, that the comparison is scarcely permissable. I take it that the use of ‘snow-white’ is, like that of ‘golden-yellow’, more … More Snapshot: White

Powered by Plants

Before his marriage to Margaret, and the construction of their family home, Winterbourne’s John Nettlefold cut his teeth in the family firm which eventually became Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds (GKN), one of the largest manufacturing companies of its time, first forged in the heat of the industrial revolution. John began work in the firm’s Broad … More Powered by Plants

Snapshot: Now and Then

 Winterbourne’s broad terrace was employed successfully by architect, JL Ball, as a means of transitioning from house to garden. Ball prescribed a typically understated treatment of the retaining wall and in particular the small verandah which links projecting cross wings on either side: ‘the ceiling and walls inside the verandah to be whitewashed and the … More Snapshot: Now and Then