Shortly before setting up Sara’s Gardens, back in 1993, Sara worked on a three-acre listed garden in Sonning, designed by Gertrude Jekyll with hard landscaping by Edward Lutyens. The garden had been badly neglected and it was a pleasure to bring it back to life.
16 years later, she was delighted when the new owner tracked her down and asked her to help them restore the garden to its original design.
She was able to find original drawings at an American university, from 1901 when the house was designed for Edward Hudson, the then proprietor of Country Life Magazine. She also carried out research to source the exact species of plants Jekyll specified in her designs, enabling her to put a plan together to bring the garden back to her original vision.
As well as care and restoration of the rose gardens, herbaceous boarders and pleaching of the existing limes she restored the ecologically old orchard and wild garden – home to millions of spring bulbs.