Gardening is in my blood. I caught the bug from my mother who in turn caught it from her Father. My Grandfather, Thomas Fryer, was a professional gardener all his life, starting at Hampton Gardens Tonbridge when he was 15 years old and finishing as grounds man for Dartford Cricket Club. In between that time he was Head Working Gardener at Boveridge House, Salisbury, in the 1920’s.
Mr & Mrs Charles W Gordon purchased this property in 1909 and in the 1920’s commissioned some changes to the house and gardens to bring it into the 20th Century. Arts and Crafts architect Guy Dawber made additions to the building while Thomas Mawson and Gertrude Jekyll introduced a more contemporary garden design. Boveridge House was, until recently, a specialist school run by a charitable trust.
The garden is listed and of some historical interest.
In 1998 Alison Smith took the position of Head Gardener with the task of restoring the garden to its former 1920’s glory.
In 2003 Chris Beardshaw became the garden’s patron and hosted the BBC TV series ‘Hidden Gardens’ in which the garden featured. In 2006 he created his own Boveridge House Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.