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Exotic Garden flourishes in Indian summer

Posted Oct 04 2009 11:11pm


The South and East of England are experiencing an Indian Summer at the moment . Over the past few weeks daily temperatures have regularly reached 22-26c.The sky is a wonderful blue and the sun is providing lots of lovely late summer heat allowing many plants an unexpected flowering period.

This is bad news for many plants but great for Will Giles’ Exotic Garden in Norwich that I have just visited - it was like a jungle with bananas, cannas, gingers, ricinus(castor oil plant) and a host of other tropical delights providing a quite breath-taking display. I was shooting my latest videos about what is hot in exotic and drought gardens plus a round up of what the 2009 summer has been like for Will’s unique garden.


Will never ceases to impress me with his inspirational ideas and endless enthusiasm for creating stunning garden designs. The magazine Gardens Illustrated recognised his efforts  this summer by voting The Exotic Garden one of the Ten Best Gardens to visit.

You still have time to experience one of Will’s spectacular Open Days. These take place on Sundays right up to the end of October .Earl grey tea and delicious lemon cake in a tropical paradise plus the delightful new kitten that kept us amused whilst filming around the garden is certainly not to be missed!


If you can’t make it to Norwich during this splendid Indian Summer, I suggest you buy Will’s excellent book -The New Exotic Garden just updated with a splendid new cover.

I will be uploading a series of interviews with Will over the next weeks so do pop back if you want to see more Exotica!


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