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A truly wonderful garden developed over the last 25 years by John and Lesley Jenkins who have turned the 4 acres of virtually derelict land into a most beautiful personal garden which has been influenced by Hidecote and Sissinghurst.
North Shropshire is probably one of the country’s coldest areas so the series of rooms created by hedges and walls has resulted in microclimates allowing plants to thrive in what would have been a hostile environment.
The garden is really a series of gardens, some 16 in total, ranging from the Courtyard garden, Lime Allee and Rill gardens with their formal structure and hard landscaping through a series of rooms full of Clematis, Roses, Nepeta and a whole host of perennials giving each room a colour theme and a very individual feel, to a woodland area with a pond and wild orchids. Interconnections between the garden rooms are subtly contrived; new views are opened at every turn and everywhere there are planting schemes to be admired. Strategically placed seats and summerhouses allow visitors to admire the garden from many viewpoints to take in the array of plants and colour. There is also a new vegetable and fruit garden being developed by the Jenkins Son which will very soon become an added attraction to what is already a fantastic and memorable garden to visit. This is one of Mary’s all-time favourite gardens.

Carol and Robin Langford

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