in Beth Chatto Gardens - I admired the upright standing snowdrop, erected like nr. 1 - the bergenia (bottom right) is a favourite plant of Beth Chatto, you can see it overall in her gardens, "Beethoven" is a fitting name this year.
The bergenia "was this very subject that proved to be the catalyst for the friendship between Beth Chatto and Christopher Lloyd, the owner of Great Dixter in Sussex. The heavy soil and enclosed, dense style of the planting at Great Dixter is not ideally suited to growing bergenia. Consequently, Christo, in his classic book “The Well-Tempered Garden” had little time for bergenias, a view to which Beth felt obliged to pen a letter in their defence. Christo replied, inviting her to “come for lunch” and so began a mutual friendship based on similar values and interests but above all on a shared passion for plants."
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