Stars, stripes and now flowerbeds!

I won’t be able to join the folks – gathering at the Bath-based American Museum on Saturday – for the celebrity opening of a new two million pound ‘New American Garden.’

New beds, new features and new walkways.

I am down in Wells – compering a ‘Mind’ charity gala concert – but Alan Titchmarsh is doing the honours up at Claverton Manor where a major bit of new landscaping will be adding to the visitor experience.

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The new layout.

The already incredible view into the Limpley Stoke valley has been further enhanced with tree clearance and an amazing new garden scheme which will provide a horticultural insight into the flora and fauna of the United States.

Part of the re-vamped Mount Vernon garden.

On top of all that – as l met Museum Director Richard Wendorf for a chat – the facility has gone and changed its name.


It’s a major transformation of a large swathe of this thirty acre site with newly designed  free-form styled beds accommodating 12,000 new plants.

The new amphitheatre.

Visitors this month will see the garden at its very beginning and over the years can return to see it grow and develop into something very special.

it’s all been a major job – getting things ready for the week-end – by Header Gardener Andrew Cannell and his helpers.

The American Museum and Gardens will be free to visit on Saturday, September 15th as part of Heritage Open Days.


Gates are open from 10 am to 5pm.