Here’s the last post about what I got up to when I went home for the Easter holidays. Enjoy! 🙂
When I was at home for Easter one of the people I caught up with was my lovely tutor from Duchy College, Beki Marriott.
Beki was the best person to have helped me through the qualification I needed for my apprenticeship while I was at Eden, there wasn’t anything I couldn’t discuss with her – she would always go the extra mile to ensure I was happy and succeeding in what I was doing.
Me and Beki
She also nominated me for the two awards I received (runner up for Apprentice of the Year and Greatest Personal Achievement Award) and basically believed in me one hundred percent from the beginning. In short she is not only a great tutor but a wonderful person as well!
We met up at Pinetum Park & Pine Lodge Gardens, in St Austell. I visited a few times when I was living in Cornwall, it’s a beautiful place with lots of small gardens within it as well as an incredible tea room!
Views of the garden
Dog’s tooth violet, Erythronium dens-canis
Pleione formosana orchid
I dragged my parents along for the day, we had a brilliant time catching up with Beki. The weather was sunny and gorgeous, perfect for going round a garden. The Japanese area was my favourite, it was so tranquil and peaceful.
The Winter Garden still had some interest in there, with bright azaleas and rhododendrons flowering.
Azaleas and rhododendrons
The Pinetum had plenty of classic trees, such as the Monkey Puzzle Araucaria araucana, and Beki’s favourite conifer Sciadopitys verticillata.
I loved all the sculptures round the garden, my favourite was a tiny house – perfect size for a Hobbit!
Magnolias were out in full force, as was the big umbrella like leaves of the giant rhubarb Gunnera manicata.
We all had a wonderful day, and hope to catch up again with each other the next time I’m home. Until next time, here’s a Chinese proverb for you:
“If you want to be happy for a short time, get drunk; happy for a long time, fall in love; happy forever, take up gardening.” :)