A Garden Well Placed
The Story of Helmingham and Other Gardens
The story of how Xa Tollemache re-created the garden at Helmingham Hall, in Suffolk - and became a garden designer
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Xa Tollemache describes this book as 'a story book, the tale of the love story between me and the garden at Helmingham'. It is also a record of her career as a garden designer, exemplified by a range of gardens where she has worked: from her first Chelsea Flower Show garden, by way of country and town gardens large and small, seaside gardens, historic gardens such as the Cloister Garden at Wilton House in Wiltshire, to the Global Growth Vegetable Garden at RHS Hyde Hall in Essex.
Xa Tollemache started her gardening life when she moved into Helmingham Hall in 1975, as a young wife and mother. She spent the next twenty years learning and consequently developing and improving the gardens. It was Helmingham, she always insists, that taught her how to garden - to such effect that in 1996 she was in a position to start her garden design practice. This very quickly grew, and a Gold Medal at Chelsea Flower Show in 1997 projected her into a successful business designing gardens all over the UK and in Europe and the US. Lecture tours followed in the UK and the US, and two more medals for show gardens at Chelsea. An invitation to join the Herbaceous Committee of the RHS led to her training to be a judge and being asked to join the RHS Council. She is chair of the Gardens Committee and on the Horticultural Board. The garden at Helmingham is open to the public, and Xa has designed the Helmingham Collection, a range of garden furniture and the Helmingham Rose Support. This is her first book.
Fergus Garrett joined Great Dixter as head gardener in 1992. He is now Chief Executive of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, and also combines his full-time, hands-on gardening role at Dixter with writing and lecturing. He was awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal by the RHS in 2015 and in 2019, the coveted RHS Victoria Medal of Honour.