I am trying to wrap up my garden trip posts real quick now so that I can blog about other things! The last post of this series is (hopefully) coming up on Friday, and today´s post is about the second day of our garden trip to England when we went to see Charleston and Monk´s House.
As for gardens, there probably would have been a dozen more exciting destinations nearby. But after reading this wonderful book last year, I really wanted to see Monk´s House and since Charleston is nearby, it made sense to go there as well. A Bloomsbury day, so to say.
Because of the tricky opening hours, we went to see Charleston first.We arrived around noon and it was super sunny so not the best condition to take pictures, but I hope you get an idea anyway. Incidentally, Gardenista recently posted a Charleston garden tour with much nicer pictures so do hop over there as well!
The most interesting thing about Charleston is the house, really. It reminded me a lot of the Münterhaus with all the painted furniture and the murals etc. If you visit, make sure to pre-book one of the guided tours which are really great.
But Charleston also has a really nice, small-ish garden that both my friend and I loved. It truly is a "painter´s garden" with a great sense for color and texture.
One thing to take away from the garden at Charleston is the exuberant use of white flowers. It made everything seem so light and bright. Really lovely.
So, yes, definitely do visit Charleston if you are in the area.
Then we went to see Monk´s House and alas, it was very disappointing. I really, really love that book but it is a good example that pictures can lie. First of all, the garden is tiny. Like, really tiny. You´ve seen everything in 30 minutes, including the few rooms in the house that are open to the public. That was the first surprise.
The second surprise was that the garden looked tired and frankly, neglected. Maybe it was just a bad day, but still, I was very disappointed. I know that people who visit Monk´s House are usually interested in all things Virginia and not so much the garden, but still... disappointing.
And that was the second day of our garden trip!