We have just returned from a magnificent trip to the UK, which we did together with a group of 23 knitters, because yes! most knitters are also keen gardeners and share our passion for gardening! We were delighted to show them one of our favourite parts of the U.K. (The Cotswolds) and also show them how much and in what way gardens and gardening inspire our work as knitwear designers.
We were very pleased with the mix of gardens that we visited; from a small garden in a private house (Magnolia House) to a historical garden which is being recreated exactly as it was in the 1740s (Painswick Rococo Gardens), a lovely garden on a huge stately home, perched at the edge of a quaint village (Miserden Gardens), the charming gardens made famous by Beatrix Havergal, who established her School of Horticulture for Ladies there from 1932 to 1971 (Waterperry Gardens) and of course, Highgrove, which is the private residence and family home of the Prince of Wales and which was the absolute highlight of our tour!
We spent the evenings knitting our projects, getting to know each other and discussing the beautiful gardens and their gorgeous surroundings which we saw during the day. This was a wonderful tour and we are sure that everyone in our group left the UK as inspired as we did!
Here are a few of our images (click on the images to enlarge):
This was the highlight of our visit! Prince Charles is an incredibly talented garden designer and the best royal gardener in history (yes, despite having 12 gardeners, they said that he loves doing the work himself and is very hands-on while he is in residence at Highgrove).
The most exciting thing about the garden was the fact that it is 100% organic and we learned a lot about sustainability from our tour of Highgrove that we will easily be able to adapt in our own garden. Also, we really felt like we got to know The Prince of Wales a little bit better through his garden, which was very artistic and whimsical. Both of us agree that he is doing something wonderful by opening his garden to 40.000 visitors yearly in order to share his paradise and also put focus on environmental issues and sustainability.
Photos where not allowed during the tour and the weather wasn’t the best, so I have borrowed these images from Highgrove’s instagram account.
And finally, here is a photo from our own garden, which we took yesterday, after returning to our home in Norway. Can you see how inspired we are of British cottage gardens?
We are planning another garden tour in 2020 and if you are interested in joining us, do get in touch with us by email asap – you will find our contact details here.
We are going LIVE on YouTube this Saturday August 24th at 6pm CEST // 11am CDT. Check it out here:
Our New Nordic Men’s collection for Rowan is now available. See all the patterns by clicking here.
We will resend our Official Tour Schedule to our mailing list in the beginning of September. The only way to see the schedule is to sign up for our updates!
Dream Knitting Cruise from Sydney to New Zealand. Yes!!! We are delighted to announce that we are returning to Australia and visiting New Zealand in 2020. Join us for this amazing 12 day, 11 night Knitting Cruise that departs from Sydney on March 27th, 2020 and visits all the amazing sights in New Zealand! More information is available here and here.
Programming note: Due to the LiveStream this Saturday, there will be no blog post on Sunday.