For a town centre garden we are lucky to have over an acre. The soil is rich, but lying on chalk dries out quickly and particularly suits bulbs. We have good collections of Snowdrops and Daphnes. These grow well in dappled shade of large trees. The garden is informal except for areas around the house where the terrace is planted with alpines, species of geraniums and the more difficult dwarf daphnes. Many of the daphnes and snowdrops are grown in special frames where they can be properly viewed and assessed. We also have species of peonies, auriculas, dwarf narcissi, saxifrages and primulas, including P.allionii and P.marginata forms. These primulas are in the Alpine House and are in flower in February.