The design of St Paul's Walden is discussed in Christopher Hussey's English Gardens and Landscapes 1700-1750 and in Michael Spens' The Complete Landscape Designs and Gardens of Geoffrey Jellicoe.
This Grade I listed garden, covering about 50 acres, was designed in the "patte d'oie" (goose foot) style with radiating avenues leading to temples, statues, lake and ponds. The avenues are lined with long clipped beech hedges. More recent plantings and flower gardens have not intruded on the original 18th century architecture.
St Paul's Walden Bury was the birthplace and childhood home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. The same Bowes Lyon family has lived here since this formal woodland garden was laid out about 1720. The garden has been largely kept as it was for nearly 300 years, improved and restored by Geoffrey Jellicoe in the 1930s.
Seasonal displays of snowdrops, daffodils, then magnolias and rhododendrons in April - May, woodland lilies and roses in June. A number of the magnolias and rhododendrons are species collected in China and Bhutan.
Wild flowers are encouraged and there are glades of primroses, banks of cowslips in May. Spotted orchids appear erratically, in profusion some years.
Whitwell, nr Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England, SG4 8BP