The English Garden


If there’s one idea that sums up the carefully choreographed three-acre garden that surrounds Miranda and William Kendall’s Edwardian home at By the Crossways, close to the Suffolk coast, it is the continual dance of letting nature do its own thing. But as anyone who has flirted with wild gardening knows, balancing the natural order with the desire for beautiful views and vistas can be something of a tightrope walk.

The couple could not have found a better collaborator than gardener Brian Skilton, who arrived 13 years ago and, since then, has created a beguiling garden that, just like the 400-acre estate enveloping it, is maintained and developed with ecology as its priority. “The

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