Piet Oudolf’s Millennium Garden at Pensthorpe has recently been replanted and it looks truly spectacular. In fact, this might be the best place in England to appreciate Oudolf’s influential style - it’s certainly as good as his borders at RHS Wisley and far better than Scampston Hall in Yorkshire where I think his naturalistic style of planting doesn’t seem to work properly within a Victorian walled garden. These drifts of plants and colour need an open space and, preferably, a sloping site.
Pensthorpe itself is a strange, hybrid sort of place, run as a successful business venture by the owners of Jordan breakfast cereals. Claiming to be a nature reserve, it has hosted BBC's Springwatch and Autumnwatch yet it has many birds in cages - even avocets - and most of the resident waterfowl have been imported from South America and Africa, so it’s more an avian zoo with a garden attached.