In 2005, Raymond Blanc and Stephen Hendry of the nearby Newington Nurseries designed a Malaysian garden, for Malaysian Airlines, that won a silver medal at the Chelsea Flower Show. The television coverage it received at the time was the first I’d heard of a garden at Le Manoir, and from then on I wanted to visit. (You can read more about it on the RHS website.)

Unfortunately there wasn’t much Malaysian splendour left by the time I arrived, especially in May. The exotic plants were all tucked away in a polytunnel, and most of them weren’t in active growth.



Turmeric and ginger, both root crops, are two exotics I would like to try growing at some point. There were also citrus trees, and a mangosteen.

Explore other parts of the garden at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons: