Like many others I have wanted to visit Barnsdale for years - along with a group of 17 keen gardeners. Their brochure leads one to believe that this is a much loved and cared for series of gardens but walking around, it is possible to believe that nothing has been done in any of them for the past 10 years. Shoddy pruning and training of climbers and shrubs and a lack of attention to the wide range of herbaceous perennials makes one wonder if anyone gardens here. Having seen the award winning display of Barnsdale plants at horticultural shows, the nursery is a further disappointment with plants and paths badly in need of a weed. The Tea Room was staffed by five young women who had to be requested to clear and clean the tables so that our group could sit somewhere with their food. A disappointing experience and one of the few occasions when I, as tour manager, have been charged for entry.