Arne's journal

Cranborne Manor

Cranborne Manor in Dorset was the garden that awoke my passion for garden design.  Every week I would cycle over and wonder around the garden, helping in the nursery in exchange for a plant or two.  I learnt about old fashioned roses and absorbed the pattern making of the knot gardens and, more than anything else began to understand about creating atmosphere.  Although Lady Salisbury is no longer there and the garden has changed, it is still a fantastically atmospheric garden.  The mix of wild and clipped is a joy.