The Garden Pictorial

A Suburban Alpine Garden, Bedford


Take a  turning into this particular cul-de-sac in Bedford and your average alpine enthusiast will have a surprise awaiting them.  Owner Graham Bolton turned this front and back garden over to alpines five years ago with no particular plan.  He saw it as a jigsaw, and worked on it piece by piece.  His main attraction to alpines is their size, making it possible to squeeze a lot into a small space.  There is also the element of patience that is required, quietly hoping that a particular plant will adapt well to its surroundings.  Graham opens the garden every year for charity through the National Garden Scheme, and loves the buzz he gets when spreading his enthusiasm for this versatile collection.

Season: Spring
Location: Bedfordshire, England