This was our
first garden on the tour and unknown to any of us. We were warmly
welcomed by the owners and enjoyed excellent coffee (made with spring
water) and cake, before setting off to explore.
fortunate in seeing the garden in the morning before its first opening
under the National Gardens Scheme and so it was looking immaculate. It
covers 7 acres and has much recent planting. There is a formal parterre
with lily pond, a fern garden and a spring garden. The borders are
We saw our
first handkerchief tree (Davidia involucrata) and viewed the lake across
sweeping lawns. The most striking area was the 1 acre walled garden
where vegetables and flowers were growing in impressive order. The
alpine house was also well stocked.
The garden is well worth a visit and made a good start to our tour.