Garden Photography Course

Over the past few years I have been a frequent visitor to some of the gorgeous Cotswold gardens open to the public. I love to photograph them and blog about them. Over the winter I have been considering approaching a garden stock library with a view to selling some of the images but before I did I wanted to go on a garden photography course just to make sure I was on the right lines and to refine my technique.

Heather Edwards was originally trained in horticulture and is now one of the leading garden photographers and has work published in numerous magazines, books and calendars. I was lucky enough to get on her garden photography course at Pythouse Kitchen Garden Cafe near Tisbury at the end of April.

The group had a wide range of photography skills and Heather was great at accommodating everyone. The morning session covered the elements of garden photography, composition, balancing colour and how to deal with different weather conditions. Following a gorgeous lunch, provided by the Garden Cafe, we were let loose into the gardens under Heather’s guidance; the afternoon was rounded off with an overview of the images we had taken.

The 18th Century walled garden is a traditional working kitchen garden and forms part of Pythouse Estate.

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The drastic changes in weather this April has delayed the appearance of some of the plants but there were a few that were determined to put on a brave face.

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Others were starting to bud and unfurl their leaves and fronds.

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Many of the beds had been prepared and were already showing signs of produce for the Cafe, other beds were just being sown.

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The herb garden was really beginning to get going with plenty of flowers on the Rosemary.

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There were a lot of fruit bushes laid out in rows; all looped over and tied in.

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I was taken with all the knotted string from previous years just hanging on the wire.

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Plenty of ripe rhubarb ready for picking and gooseberries starting to plump up. I am reliably informed that the rhubarb pudding was delicious.

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Like many traditional walled gardens, every inch of space is used to maximum effect, none more so than the walls themselves. All playing host to apples, pear, apricot and figs trees.

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Unfortunately I was caught on camera by Heather when I wasn’t looking!

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And what was I photographing? Some gorgeous lichen growing on the bark. Just one of the few textures images I took on the day. 😀

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I loved the contrast of both textures and colours of this worn shed paint and the lichen covered wall.

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Interesting to see the old pipes that used to heat the old greenhouse still being used for outdoor use.

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If you should ever find yourself in the Tisbury/Salisbury area a visit to the gardens, cafe and kitchen shop is highly recommended.

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To see more of Heather’s work and/or to find out more about her garden workshops check out her website. 😀

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