Although in many ways the garden has evolved over the years, we have been inspired by visits to other gardens both large and small:
Great Comp in Kent with its many interesting follies and great structure
Sherborne Garden in Somerset for its wadi and phormiums
The Courts in Wiltshire for its balance between formality and informality
Abbey House Gardens in Wiltshire for its sheer exuberance
RHS Gardens at Wisley, Rosemoor and Hyde Hall
As we have developed the garden we have tried to maintain views of the surrounding countryside but at the same time providing shelter from the salt-laden, south-westerly winds. As we maintain the garden ourselves, we seek to provide a balance between labour-intensive perennial borders and fruit and vegetable plots, and more easily maintained areas of trees and shrubs.