The Garden Guide

Turn End Garden

An architect's garden designed in the 1960s, by Peter Aldington. The first space was 'an outdoor room', to which were added a glade and a number of small geometrical garden spaces. It is a good example of the Abstract Style, softened by an Arts and Crafts approach to planting and construction.  Sir Peter Shepherd admired the garden.

Head Gardener's Comment

The garden was created as an integral part of a 1960s house, one of a group of three designed by Peter Aldington, now listed at grade 2*; one of only a handful of late 20th century houses to be so designated.

In less than an acre, space is used to create an illusion of size: a house courtyard with a naturalised pool; a small woodland area around 100 year old apple trees; a curving glade leading to a series of garden rooms, sunken or raised, sunny or shady, geometric or informal, yet all harmonious and unifying irregular geography with the buildings.

The garden and group of three houses is the subject of a book “ A Garden and Three Houses “ in which the late Sir Peter Shepherd commented ‘I know of no other garden which packs such riches into so small a space with such interesting and beautiful plants.’

This is a garden whose character changes constantly with the seasons. In spring the ground is carpeted by many bulbs, while the summer brings enclosure, herbaceous flowers, shrubs and climbers.

The future of Turn End Garden and its associated houses, other buildings and witchert walls has been secured by the formation of Turn End Charitable Trust. It has an Artist in Residence and a programme of public events.

Peter Aldington
Peter Aldington
Peter Aldington
Peter Aldington
Peter Aldington

Plants of note

Roses, irises, bedding, spring bulbs

Townside, Haddenham, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, HP17 8BG

2016 NGS Garden Open Day: Monday 2 May 2016; 14.00-17.30 (Adults £4 on the gate, children free) | Bucks Open Studios: 18-26 June 2016 11.00-17.00 (free admission) | Sculpture in the Garden Exhibition: 18-26 June 2016 11.00-18.00 (free admission) | House and Garden Open Day: Monday 29 August 2016 14.00-17.30 (Adults £15 on the door, children free) | Talk - 'The Modern English Garden' with Richard Bisgrove: Saturday 10 September 2016 15.30-18.30.( £25.00, BOOKING ESSENTIAL on or 07591 018601 (answerphone) Open Garden: Saturday 17 September 2016 14.00-17.00 (Adults £4 on the gate, children free) | Become a Friend to enjoy free entry to many events, regular access to the garden and invitation to Friends only events | Full details on our blog: The garden is also open by appointment for parties of 10 or more to include a talk by the gardener or Peter Aldington. | Contact: Telephone: 01844 291383 / 01844 291817 / 07591 018601 (answerphone) | Email: / | Website:

Varying charges for events and open days. Please visit : Group visits to the garden by appointment £7.50 per person. Payment by cash or cheque only.

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