The gardens at Hever Castle, in Kent England will always have a special place in my heart. Hever Castle was Anne Boleyn's childhood home, but it wasn't until 1903 when William Waldorf Astor bought the castle that the gardens began to become the jewel that they are. The rose garden there is to die for, and the kids had a blast running around and getting lost in the Yew Maze.
We visited Hever Castle 10 years ago, during a trip to England visiting family and friends. I was right in the middle of my studies at GWU, and couldn't visit enough gardens. At Hever, I was enchanted by the lush borders, the woodland walks filled with rhododendrons, the formal gardens with their shaped topiary. I wanted to wallow in it. But my kids had had enough. My son Will - 8 at the time - loudly protested as I begged for more time, "Mom, no more gardens! Or shoot me dead and hang me from this tree!"
"Bill (Winston): You did - as always - a wonderful job this year for us...you bring creativity, a high degree of service and customization, great presentation materials and general flexibility and good cheer to every project. We are lucky to be working with you! - Kathryn."
If you have a favorite garden let us know!