The English Garden

Precision Planning

Anne Olivieri has always planted tulips at Morton Hall – provision was made for their inclusion in the borders here by designer Charles Chesshire in the original plans for the garden. But it wasn’t until 2019 that this Worcestershire garden opened for its first Tulip Festival.

Unlikely as it sounds, the festival came about as a result of Anne’s frustration with the quality and consistency of the bulbs she had been buying. A true perfectionist, she plans her tulip displays with precision, carefully selecting colours and flower shapes. Having often experienced suppliers sending bulbs that flowered in an unexpected colour, or cultivars she’d specified being substituted, she wrote to the only supplier she had consistently found sent her just what she’d asked for, Bloms Bulbs. “I spend ages thinking about varieties and I’m obsessed with colours, so it really irritated me!” she announces.

“Once our tulips

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