A nineteenth century house with a 4 acre plantsman's garden. It has a woodland garden, a winter garden, secret garden, lily pond and herbaceous garden. There are 270 varieties of Hydrangea.
This garden is a complete mess. Must have been lovely once but now the weeds have thoroughly taken over. The flower garden is full of golden rod, no other flowers discernable. The ponds are overgrown with no water visible. The lawned area by the house is the least weedy, the hydrangeas are beautiful in their colour and variety. It was all a bit depressing and certainly not worth the £3.50 entry fee.
'This is a wild garden' we are told by the gracious lady at the kiosk and evidently a lady of significant plant knowledge, wisdom and years.
The dichotomy that unfolded as one wandered through a very structured and planted garden was that the 'wildness' only related to the maintenance, probably simply because of diminished resources and Elizabeth's advancing years. Under the dust of wildness was a charmingly designed and well planted garden.
There is still enough strength in the layout and existng care to carry the advancing tide of horticultural hoodies [as one could describe the wildness], so the garden and a wealth of interesting trees ,shrubs and perennials not to mention the Hydrangeas are still worth a visit.
An old fashioned, enchanting place, I will not forget. It's like walking into 4 acres of secret gardens. Hydrangeas everywhere, of which I was told by the owner Elizebeth,(who must be in her nineties, and mans the till), there are 270 varieties. A very family run house/garden, where her daughter runs the tea room. A delight.
Our visit to this garden was the best memory I hold of my Spring time trip to England. I could have spent all day happily moving slowly through the garden and enjoying our cream tea ! Meeting and talking with Elizabeth,at length, was the icing on the cake ! Thank you Elizabeth for giving me such a wonderful heart warming memory of a much beloved country.
An endearing and enchanting place to visit. I went on a wet July afternoon with thunder rumbling in the background, but had such fun wandering through all the different 'rooms' of the garden.
Yes, it's become overgrown in places, and the cultivated plants are a little overwhelmed in places by the messier wild ones, but it remains visually delightful and the scent from the rampant roses, honeysuckle and philadelphus was fantastic.
The lady owner who sold tickets at the gate advised me to try the rose petal cake in the tea room, which I found tucked into a slightly delapidated outbuilding. Made by her daughter, the cake was light as air and didn't disappoint!
Overall I thought the £3.50 entry fee, together with the £3.60 that I paid for a lovely pot of tea and THE CAKE, were a small price to pay for such a fun afternoon.
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