On the 25th April, 43 members of Headley Horticultural Society met to explore a delightful cottage garden in Tilford. Opened under the National Garden Scheme, Tilford Cottage Garden has been developed over the last 25 years by artist and engineer Rod Burn.From just a bare field leading down to the Rover Wey, Rod, together with his wife Pamela, has created a most delightful two acre garden which has been arranged to creat numerous areas, including a Mediterranean terrace with a fantastic wisteria, a traditional herb garden hidden by yew hedging, a parterre with topiary, and a Japanese garden.

As and artist in glass there are many examples of Rod's work woven into the fabric of the garden and there are many surprises, especially in topiary form. We were able to admire some of Rod's work in his studio and we were told tha most of his pieces are made from recycled glass. His topiary inclue several figures which seem to emerge from the yew hedge in the herb garden as well as conifers clipped neatly into unusual patterns. There is also a delightful tree house which some members ventured into, only to find t hat this too was decorated with some of Rod's glass creations.

These gardens are open all year round by appointment for groups of 6 or more and are well worth going to see.

The society's summer show is on the 1st July and everyone is welcome to come along to Headley Village Hall at 2:30pm to admire the entries.

Updated 30 May, 2017