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Mill Dene Garden

         
Moreton in Marsh Gloucestershire England
Description : 

Mill Dene Garden is hidden deep on the north scarp face of the Cotswolds.  It surrounds an old, pre-Norman water mill, with its pond and stream and is set in a tiny valley.

 
Barry and Wendy Dare fell in love with  a building that was falling down with  no garden.  They had no money and no experience of either restoration or horticulture, but learned on the hoof so to speak, whilst doing other jobs and raising children.
 
Their creation over a lifetime is there for everyone to enjoy: two and a half acres of interesting planting (Wendy recently judged at Chelsea); of surprises round every corner and a lot of fun.  Mill Dene has a tiny misty grotto in amongst the bog garden on the stream and a trick of the eye apparently extends the boundaries of the garden.   It is an exercise of making the most of a difficult site.  It is also an exercise in creating something beautiful in which to meditate, and which will nourish the senses.
 
 
 
Telephone 01386 700457
 
 
 
 
 

 

Blenheim Palace

      
Woodstock Oxfordshire England
Description : 

HISTORY

Blenheim Palace is home to the 11th Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Conceived in 1705 by Sir John Vanbrugh, this unique Palace is a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture, built on Queen Anne's orders for John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. In his design for Blenheim Palace, Vanbrugh's aim was to house a national hero and to celebrate England's newly won supremacy over the French in a blaze of architectural glory to rival Versailles. Its function, therefore, was to be a monument, castle, citadel and private house  in that order. The splendour and tranquillity of the 2,100 acres of landscaped parkland and the Formal Gardens are unrivalled anywhere in Britain. The Palace interiors carefully balance the delicate with the awe-inspiring, from the imposing vastness of the Great Hall, to the intricate detailing of the State Rooms. Blenheim Palace was created a World Heritage site in 1987.

THE GARDENS

The gardens at Blenheim Palace are all-encompassing, and from the Secret Garden, the Italian Garden, the Water Terraces, the Pleasure Gardens (which include the Marlborough Maze), the Rose Garden, and the Arboretum, there is beauty to be found in all seasons. Sometimes, when a new house is built, the design of the grounds is left until later, but not at Blenheim Palace. Vanbrugh reported that the Garden Wall was set agoing the same day with the House. Beautifully restored, renovated and maintained by twelve permanent garden staff, led by Trevor Wood and his wife Hilary, who has worked at Blenheim Palace for over 25 years, the gardens are totally awe-inspiring in their apparently effortless style and splendour.


The Secret Garden

Marking the events of over three centuries of history, the gardens at Blenheim Palace must adorn over a million memories. In 2004, whilst planning a suitable project to mark the tercentenary of the Battle of Blenheim, His Grace, the 11th Duke of Marlborough, was reminded of his grandfather's remark: there is no building in Europe, except Versailles, which so perfectly preserves its original atmosphere. This led to the decision to bring his father's Private Garden
back to life, preserving the original layout but introducing new features, to be enjoyed by everyone.

Created four years after the house was opened to the public in 1950, this haven was designed as a romantic English garden. It had become completely overgrown and almost forgotten when its restoration was undertaken. Trevor Wood, the head gardener, replanted it and established new paths and water features in record time for the official opening in May 2004, creating a garden for all seasons. It was renamed the Secret Garden and five years on it has matured delightfully.

The Marlborough Maze

The Secret Garden is merely the most recent of many projects showcasing the Duke of Marlborough's inspired means to retain the magic at Blenheim Palace, and welcome a wide-range of visitors through the gates. Some twenty years ago, His Grace established a new hedge maze (the second largest symbolic hedge maze in the world at 1.8 acres), in a conscious effort to provide an entertaining garden for the younger visitors. It was particularly designed with elements of military symbolism celebrating the career of his illustrious ancestor, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough and the victory for which this great house was his reward. The maze was constructed within the walls of the old kitchen garden (the only part of Vanbrugh's original construction to survive), once planted with espaliered fruit trees (pineapples, peaches, melons, eight different varieties of grape), and neat rows of vegetables, stocked by the royal gardener, Henry Wise. Fruit and vegetables are still grown within the grounds for the palace.

The Park and Rose Garden

At Blenheim the overriding legacy is Capability Brown's, and it is this setting which helped Blenheim Palace gain its World Heritage Site status. The landscape setting he devised in the 1760s provided a sublime form of beauty and harmony that every generation of the Marlborough family has endeavoured to preserve ever since. Glorious views were created both to and from the house, the finest of which is the majestic panorama observed on entering the Park through Hawksmoor's Triumphal Arch at Woodstock - the shimmering expanse of the lake, the Grand Bridge, and the dense canopy of trees on the rising ground beyond. Although Vanbrugh built the bridge, it was Brown who
provided a worthy setting by constructing a wide cascade dam and creating a lake unparalleled in size and beauty at the time. For a long period Brown's grassy landscape came right up to the steps of the Palace and prevailed largely untouched even though several smaller garden schemes came and went. Of these only one remains today, a circular Rose Garden created by John Winston, 7th Duke, and restored by Trevor Wood, the present Head Gardener.

The Italian Gardens and Water Terraces

John Winston also returned a degree of formality to the east front when he laid out a symmetrical Italian Garden in the 1860s, which still remains private, but can be seen from the raised public walkway. In the early 20th century the 9th Duke of Marlborough redesigned the Italian Garden on the advice of his French architect, Achille Duchne. Formal symmetrical scrollwork parterres in box and yew replaced the earlier scheme of carpet bedding after a new bronze fountain by the American sculptor, Waldo Story, had been installed. These box-hedges are kept in pristine condition - each of them trimmed using spirit-levels, and string, as well as many hours of dedicated hard work.

Duchne was also responsible for the Water Terraces on the west front, inspired by both Italian and French designs, creating a perfect link between Vanbrugh's baroque architecture and the informality of the Brownian landscape. In a vast engineering project undertaken from 1925-30, different shapes and levels of water were formed in each terrace, centred on an axis between the building and the lake.


As the present guardian of this great estate, including more than 80 acres of formal gardens, I am conscious that Blenheim Palace is not merely a residence for my family - its heritage, its scale and its beauty make it much more. The only English stately home designated a World Heritage Site it is unique amongst country houses and remains, as intended, a national monument in an exquisite setting, The Duke of Marlborough.

Telephone 01993 810500
www.blenheimpalace.com

 

Hidcote Manor Garden

      
Chipping Campden Gloucestershire England
Description : 

Memories don't get much better than those you will take away from Hidcote Manor Garden.

 


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Trioscape Garden Centre

         
Newent Gloucestershire England
Description : 

We welcome you to Trioscape Garden centre. At our impressive centre located 5-miles from Gloucester city you will discover an enormous choice of plants, all gardening products and not forgetting our inspirational range of furniture, gifts and cards.

 

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In November 1994 Richard Mitchell, Douglas Wilson and Ronan Lynch partners of landscaping company Trioscape purchased the site at Highleadon as a run down concern with delapidated buildings. We have come along way since then and today the site has developed into a thriving Garden Centre. Together Trioscape Garden Centre and Trioscape Nurseries cover some 16 acres with 3 acres of covered growing and retailing area.

The new plant area overlooks open fields stretching towards Hartpury and it is a great place to browse and get ideas for your garden or choose a gift, "the extra space means we can stock a wider range of plants" says Richard Mitchell who manages the Garden Centre.

At Trioscape we know our customers appreciate good value, the best quality and wide choice of plants and products. Unlike most of the multiple garden centres many of the plants we sell have been grown in our nurseries and are delivered on a regular basis to our Garden Centre keeping the plants we offer in prime condition. We source the rest of the plants we sell from carefully selected suppliers which we aim to keep as locally as possible ensuring the quality, reliability and value for money we are renowned for.

If you are looking for winter colour or planning your spring garden, pop in to check out the display of winter bedding, ornamental shrubs, ground cover plants and trees. In our centre we not only have a vast range of plants and trees but also an extensive range of gardening, home and leisure products, gift ideas as well as the latest styles of garden furniture available.

There is something for every gardener at Trioscape and beginners are welcome! The emphasis on knowledgeable and friendly advice is well known to Trioscape customers. Richard says "Speak to us if you would like advice on the right plant for your garden or a gift. If you are looking for something a bit special we'd be pleased to help".

Our objective is to continue to make Trioscape Garden Centre a pleasurable shopping experience where customers get friendly advice and assistance when choosing from the extensive range of products we stock.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Dewstow Gardens

         
Caerwent Monmouthshire Wales
Description : 

Welcome to Dewstow Gardens - a great day out for all the family !

 

oxf-dewstow2Imagine discovering a lost garden with tunnels and underground grottoes buried under thousands
of tonnes of soil for over 50 years.  That's what happened at Dewstow gardens.


Built around 1895 the gardens were buried just after World War Two and rediscovered in 2000.
The gardens contain many ponds and rills but interestingly a labyrinth of underground grottoes, tunnels and sunken ferneries.  The rock gardens are made up of a mixture of real stone and faced stone using various types of Pulhamite.

 

What's On

oxf-dewstow3Teddy Bear Trail running until end of August.
Come and explore underground in the grottoes & overground in the gardens and try and spot all of the teddy bears!

Coffee cabin open too for hot & cold drinks, ice creams & light snacks or bring your own picnic and dine in the grounds!!

Usual garden entrance costs apply, Adults £6.50, Conc/OAP £5.50, U18's £4 & 10yrs and under FREE!! Trail costs £1 per child!

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