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October's The English Garden Magazine includes a feature on Cambo Garden, near St Andrews in Fife, words and pictures by me. The images were shot in September 2017 on a trip to Scotland which combined work and a bit of leisure time, walking the coast path, enjoying the salty fishing villages of the East Neuk, cosy tea shops and award-winning fish and chips.


Cambo is a garden I had wanted to shoot for a long time, given the reputation of its late season planting, created largely by now ex-head gardener Elliott Forsyth, and it didn't disappoint. Though the wind never stopped blowing I had some great light to work with at both the start and the end of the day. Elliott had been influenced by visits to Hermannshof in Germany and to Piet Oudolf's own garden at Hummelo in The Netherlands. When I interviewed Elliott at his new workplace, St Andrew's Botanic Garden, I was struck by his thoughtfulness and deep sincerity, his fascination with and understanding of plants. Inspiring.


A few of my favourites were  glimmering silvery grass Stipa ichu, tall Eryngium yuccifolia with masses of white egg-shaped flowerheads, ghostly diaphanous Calamagrostis brachytricha and fluffy Sanguisorba 'Pink Brushes', the Zsa Zsa Gabor of the early autumn border...