My kind of garden and one I would describe as homely, informal beds and meandering pathways – some with woodchip and edged with lengths of tree stems or rosemary tiles. This is a garden I would be happy to return to especially at a different season.
The house dating from 1750 sits to one side of the garden, this its self is full of character, understated and tasteful.
Myrtle and Fig were near neighbours at the front door, some beds were coloured by Cyclamen hederifolium, the seeds of these are coated in a sweet sugary substance which attracts ants and aids their distribution.
Excerpt from newsletter article by Gordon Malt
The 2 acre garden has been developed over a period of 36 years since the owners had purchased the property in June 1981. It was originally a mix of perennial weeds, dock and dandelions! Work commenced with the creation of a stream and a grassed area which was planted with a number of specimen trees and snakes head fritillaries.
Beyond the formal garden there are island beds, in Alan Bloom style, containing a mixture of shrubs and herbaceous plants. Mrs Bates started the garden with no formal horticultural training and developed an interest in hardy geraniums. The garden has been featured on Gardeners’ World. There are some sculptures and wind catchers dotted amongst the borders.
Excerpt from newsletter article by Hilary Brown
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