Friday, 18 June 2010

Garden secrets

On Caroline Street in Saltaire, just opposite the Social Club (see my photo of 12 September), there is a high hedge of privet mixed with beech and hawthorn. What many people probably don't realise is that the hedge hides a rather nice garden, complete with large glasshouses. These belong to Shipley College and are part of their horticultural training department.

(What many people also don't realise is that the famous gardener, broadcaster and novelist Alan Titchmarsh started his horticultural training here, aged 18 in 1968, studying for a City and Guilds Certificate.)

Leaning over a gate and contorting myself a bit, I managed to get this photo of the garden, with Salts Mill in the background. In fact, Salts Mill sits in quite an oasis of greenery, since there are also allotment gardens
alongside the railway line.

10 comments:

  1. I like the contrast between the heavy and serious silhouette of the mill and the light and colorful flowers of the garden! This picture would make a perfect postcard!

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  2. Brilliant for the college to have a horticultural department right in the middle of the village. The horticultural department of Derby college is on a campus out of town.

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  3. Beautiful gardens, majestic building, great photograph.
    Have a great weekend Jenny.
    Costas

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  4. Well worth the contortions. What a lovely sight!

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  5. Thanks for going to so much trouble to get the shot! It's lovely.

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  6. So lovely -- but not open to the public?

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  7. I would love to see more.Lovely shot1

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  8. How fun it would be to visit and learn the secrets of creating an English garden masterpiece! ~Lili

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  9. The beautiful old allotment gardnes are in the process of having their green houses demolished and the entire site dug up to make way for a contemporary two storey building ;(

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