Guildford

An introduction to the town and some insider tips on places to visit as well as our 3 favourite lunch spots!

The historic county market town of Guildford, with its picturesque cobbled high street and proximity to London have made this town a highly sought after place to live.

RHS Wisley and Loseley House & Gardens are two stunning places to visit, both within a 10 minute drive of the town.

RHS Wisley

RHS Wisley has recently undergone a huge transformation and offers a complete experience for any garden lover.     Take a look at the garden from above in this stunning aerial footage on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2WealAPZHU&t=14s

Loseley House

Loseley House is probably most famous for its Walled Garden which covers 2.5 acres and is divided into ‘rooms’ each with its own unique planting scheme and personality.

There’s the Rose garden with over one thousand bushes, the Flower Garden with its maze of pathways and hidden corners and the White Garden that contrasts spectacular, showy, blooms with lush yet subtle silver and grey foliage.

Then there is the extensive Herb Garden, the Organic Vegetable Garden with its unusual varieties and, just outside the walls, the wildflower meadow – a haven of calm and tranquillity.

https://www.loseleypark.co.uk/gardens/

Our 3 favourite local lunch spots are The March Hare in Guildford, The Grantley Arms in Wonersh and The Bricklayers Arms in Shamley Green

Our Gardeners

Anu Baldwin

Anu Baldwin

“My love of plants and flowers developed from an early age growing up with the smell of frangipani and jasmine, surrounded by a riot of colourful bougainvillea and hibiscus. When we moved to the UK my great aunts and parents influenced me greatly, educating me about the garden and nature. We were expected to tend our veg plots and enjoy the fruits of our labour. Since I’ve had my own family I have tried to instil a love for growing plants in them. Gardeners’ question time and Gardeners’ World are part of my life, I’m an RHS member, I love colour and nothing excites me more than being out in the fresh air.”

Brenda Cross

Brenda Cross

I’ve always loved working in my garden – the great outdoors! Working hard to achieve a space which I can then relax in and feel proud of the hard work I’ve put in to enjoy it. I’m a self-taught gardener and my earliest memories of gardening are ‘taking care’ of my parents’ round and rectangular privet hedges. I love the look of carefully trimmed hedges, a weed-free colourful flower bed and neat lawn edges.

I’ve recently enjoyed constructing a woodland path. I find structure pleasing in the garden, by way of shape, height and form. Every garden is different and has the potential to make it a magical space!

Lucy Palmer

Lucy Palmer

I was blessed to grow up playing and gardening in a beautiful Irish walled garden. My mother passed on her love of all things horticultural. Experiencing the joy that my own garden has brought me these past 19 years, I hope to share my passion and further my training. I’ve propagated plants for several charitable sales, I’m a volunteer gardener at a local school and feel so convinced of the therapeutic values of gardening that it should be part of the national curriculum! Our outdoor spaces now need more than ever to nourish and delight, whilst being an invaluable place for all living creatures to flourish. Lucy is the newest member of our Surrey Gardeners’ team.