just after the Great War the only garden was a paved area
in front of the Georgian portico which led down to a wooded hillside.”
I bought the one at Kiftsgate Court for four pounds. Written by Anne Chambers, the owner of Kiftsgate, the title of book tells the story: Three Generations of Women Gardeners. The garden has been open to the public since Ann Chambers, grandmother opened it in the 1930’s to benefit District Nurses. Ann’s mother continued the tradition, opening the garden for NGS (National Gardening Scheme) and today, Ann Chambers opens the garden on a regular basis.
I took a moment to reflect on the tradition of living in one’s family house. I know of only one woman who would like to live in her parents house. She has two little girls and hopes that they will also want to live in that same house when it passes into their hands. In America, we think it odd if people dont live in their “own place.” We want to make our mark…by making a new place. Kiftsgate Court has taught me the value of adding on to what generations before have built.