A late-nineteenth century garden started by a keen horticulturalist. Col. Stephenson Clarke bought the property in 1893. The collection of trees and shrubs is outstanding but there is also an attractive Arts and Crafts garden near the house with terraces and herbaceous planting. Several copses, including Warren Wood and Stone Pits, are planted with exotic trees and shrubs. A restoration grant was made by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
We joined as annual members this spring and have not been disappointed. It is a beautiful garden and we really enjoyed the activities and events. We love the relaxed atmosphere, not many places let you BBQ, picnic and bring along your four-legged friends!
Visited in August - basically a nice garden but needs a bit of TLC in places.
about 2 years by
4 / 5
For the plants-person this place is tremendous...lots of very fine plants , much in fine maturity probably best visited in the late spring or early summer months. The various gardens-Italian, Rose, Mediterranean and others are in various states of well-being. Maintenance seems to be slipping as there was evidence of areas looking quite unkempt. Perhaps economics are influencing the staffing numbers?! Although my visit was in August there was a reasonable amount of blossom to make some areas very attractive.
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