Saturday, 22 July 2017

East Lambrook Manor Gardens

East Lambrook Manor Gardens is the iconic and quintessentially English cottage garden created by the celebrated 20th-century plantswoman and gardening writer Margery Fish. It was here that she developed her own style of gardening, combining old-fashioned and contemporary plants in a relaxed and informal manner to create a garden of immense beauty and charm.
The English Heritage Grade 1 listed garden is characterised by many winding paths through abundant borders and is renowned as the premier example of the English cottage garden style. It has noted collections of snowdrops, hellebores and hardy geraniums and there is an excellent specialist hardy plant nursery in the garden.
I loved visiting the garden, the planting is fantastic, even in the borders beside the car park as can be  in the photo below:
here's the sign outside
It's a plantswomans garden with plants absolutely packed into borders, with narrow walkways in between borders in much of the garden where the plants look really healthy

Here's Lyn on one of the paths:
and a fabulous bushy clematis, I bought one in the wonderful plant sales area, but mine has yet to look like this one!!
This is a general shot of the wilder area where things grew in profusion.
I loved these yellow flowered plants. Anyone know what they are?
This is the plant sales area beautifully laid out with examples of many different geraniums in the semi circular bed. All the plants were very healthy, grown on site and there was a massive amount of choice and some very unusual plants.
This is what I bought.
A lovely garden to visit, I was really pleased to see it filmed on BBC Gardeners World at the end of June. Here's a link to the programme with 9 days left to view:

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