Above: an unusual image of Fairlynch Museum with agapanthus in the foreground
Anne Hurt, pictured below, writes:
For 17 years I have been working as a volunteer at Fairlynch, and by now I do believe I know every single plant, tree or shrub that grows there. Sometimes there used to be up to nine of us, all under the supervision and guidance of Mrs Jenefer Slater. It was she who is responsible for the design and structural planting which is so excellent in framing the Regency cottage. Only indigenous plants or plants introduced to this country before 1812 were allowed. We still try to adhere to this plan.
Jenefer had to be strict with us volunteers, as we all came with our own ideas of how gardening should be done, and we all thought we knew the best. The garden is meant to be a cottage garden, in style with the building, and not a municipal run of the mill garden full of bedding plants.
Left: Visitors are greeted by a fine display of Helianthus at the steps leading to the Garden.