Sue Gibson's School of Gardening

My first overseas student

Late April 2013 was an exciting time in the Gardening School.  Flying all the way from Japan, Sachiko Fukuta arrived to attend a week’s residential course to learn about English Cottage Gardens and to see bluebells.

Sachiko Fukuta

Sachiko Fukuta in Hidcote Gardens

She has made a beautiful English garden at her home in central Japan and now wants to introduce into it some cottage garden features.

With temperatures of 40° C and high humidity in summer and bitter cold and snow in winter, her choices may have seemed limited but the cottage gardens she visited during her stay, as well as ours at May Cottage, gave her plenty of ideas. We look forward to seeing the results of the new cottage garden features that she introduces into her garden at home in due course.   The bluebells in the woods obligingly came into flower just before she left – what a late spring it was.

A student comes half-way round the world to attend one of my courses

I look forward to welcoming others who would like to follow in her footsteps