The sunny Daisy Garden is enclosed by yew hedges and paved with crushed terra cotta stone walkways. Here you will find every kind of daisy-like flower in bloom. Bright sunflowers, coreopsis and rudbeckia surround a central, raised stone urn and there are plenty of wooden seats around the perimeter of the garden so you can stop to rest and take in the scenery. Stone steps lead down to the Vista Garden.
This area of the English Walled Garden is designed around an octagonal pool surrounded by bluestone terraces and in the corner of this ‘room’ is a pepper pot hideaway which offers a beautiful view looking out over The Great Basin towards Evening Island.
In the Pergola Garden wisteria hangs from the wooden arbors and stone columns while a fountain plays in the circular pool. This seems to be a favorite spot for artists as we often used to see them sketching or painting there.
From a seat by the pool you can see the Cottage Garden. Here the design changes dramatically to that of a somewhat free-and-easy mixture of fruit, vegetables, herbs and perennials interspersed with brick walkways, stone troughs and containers.
This was always Mum’s favorite part of the Botanic Garden probably because of its associations with our home back in England where there were many such beautiful gardens, and she would very often sit here while I walked around taking photos.