Our June meeting was a visit by car to Craig Lea House, Chalfont St Peter, the home of Jeff and Sue Medlock. A group of 16 enthusiastic gardeners were warmly welcomed by Jeff who gave us a brief history of this beautiful Arts and Crafts house and gardens. Sue and Jeff had redesigned and restored the gardens to complement the Edwardian period architecture of the house and now open them to groups in aid of the NGS scheme.
The one-acre garden is divided into different areas, some with formal planting such as the rose garden, herbaceous beds, lawns and pergola whilst others were more naturalistic including wildlife ponds, areas of hostas and ferns and a delightful fairy glen. The herbaceous borders were awash with pastel colours of predominantly blue, violet, white and pink blending in with luxuriant greens and subtle yellows. The peonies were magnificent as were the roses filling the air with glorious midsummer perfume.
The kitchen garden was thriving and full of flowers and vegetables. Even though the weather had turned a bit ‘mizzly’, after our tour of the garden, we sat under a huge Cupressus tree enjoying a lovely tea with delicious cakes baked by Sue. An inspiring garden and a very pleasant afternoon chatting to our hosts and sharing garden experiences.