One of the most exciting horticultural finds of recent years has been the underground Edwardian gardens at Dewstow House in Monmouthshire. In 1893, Henry Oakley purchased the ancient Dewstow estate, managing it until his death in 1940. A keen horticulturist and wealthy bachelor, Oakley embarked on the creation of a truly ambitious and unique garden in his grounds.
Commissioning eminent London landscapers Pulham & Son, work on the massive project began in the late 19th century. While there are many examples of Pulhams work in stately homes in the UK, Dewstow is unique in its scale and subterranean focus.
With no descendants the land passed from Oakley at his death in 1940. During the forties the garden was filled in and the land reverted to working pastureland. The vast majority of the private gardens were buried or destroyed and as no records of their existence remained they were together until the land was purchased by the Harris family in 2000.
After an initial investigation, the discovery of steps leading down and other evidence of garden were found. Subsequent excavation has revealed far more than was ever imagined. This astonishing grade 1 listed garden has been found to be one of the most significant examples of Pulhams landscape gardens. The renovation of the grounds to their original glory has been an ongoing undertaking. With the records of both Oakley and Pulhams families destroyed, there is very little information on the original gardens, their reconstruction is an intricate historical and horticultural puzzle.
Helen and Roger went to visit the gardens last week with overseas guest & they were beautiful.
You can visit their website at www.destowgardens.co.uk
email: firstname.lastname@example.org OR call 01291 431020
The lasket gardens- Mich Birch, Hereford HR2 8HZ- Sunday 8th May 10am-4pm combined with Whitfield, Wormbridge 2-5pm
Single administration: £10
Combination administration: £14
Other gardens open in May
Rhodds Farm HR5 3LW
Wilton Castle HR9 6AD
Bredenbury: The Coppice and Mistletoe Lodge HR7 4TF (new)
Croose Farm HR1 4RD
Midland Farm HR4 7BP
Wilton Castle HR9 6AD
Mon 6th- Fri 10th
Newport House HR3 6LL
Sat 11th & Sunday 12th:
Bredenbury: The coppice and Mistletoe Lodge HR7 4TF
Victoria Place HR6 9HB
Brockhampton Cottage HR1 4TQ
Gredndon Court HR9 7QP
Croose Farm HR1 4RD
Caves Folly Nurses WR13 6DX
Goodrich Gardens HR9 6HX
Hereford Cathedral Gardens HR1 2NG
Weston Mews HR9 7NZ
Weston Mews HR9 7NZ
Shuckhall court HR1 4BH
The Brooks HR2 0BL
For more details on other gardens open visit www.ngs.org.uk
Registerd charity number: 1112664
Below are just a few photos of the beautiful gardens
Wyncliffe Court Gardens are Grade 2 listed and designed in the Arts and crafts style. The Edwardian gardens feature sculptured topiary, a sunken garden, stone terraces, a summerhouse, a walled kitchen garden, ponds and an archery lawn leading on to wooded walks. Designed by Henry Avray Tipping, friend of Gertrude Jekyll and Editor of Country Life magazine, they were completed in 1922 and are probably the best example of their type in Wales. Wyndcliffe Court showcases contemporary garden sculptures by local and well-known British artists.
Gardens open for Easter Weekend 2016 ( good Friday to Monday)
Sculpture show starts: Friday 15th April Until Sunday 25th September
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 11am-6pm ( open Wednesday- Sunday during July and August)
SEASONAL ADMISSION FEE: £6
Children 11-16 £3, under 10’s free ( group visit booking with catering available)
Why not join us for lunch? Tea, fresh ground coffee, home made cake, afternoon tea and lunch menu served in Oak Ballroom cafe until 5pm. Free parking & toilets. Limited wheelchair access. All sculptures on display are for sale, gift shop, antiques and plants.
For the latest information, events, artists and sculptures visit their website: www.wyndcliffecourt.co.uk
telephone number: 01291 621242
Classic old English Gardens, Vineyard, Shop and Court Cafe including David Austin Rose Garden and working kitchen garden
- Open daily all year except Christmas and New Year
- Admission free – Open 10.30am-4pm 1st October – Easter 10am -4.30pm Easter- 30th September
- Court Cafe- serving refreshments all day
- Gift shop including plants and Broadfield wines for sale
- Wine tasting parties , and guided tours Ample parking
A delightful place to visit during your stay in Herefordshire . For further details please visit www.broadfieldcourt.co.uk
A stunning riverside garden with sweeping views along the River Wye and Herefordshire countryside. The garden is spectacular all year round drifts of spring bulbs give way to summer wild flowers and autumn colour on the mature trees. The walled garden, full of fruit and vegetables is worth a visit any time of the year.
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Did you know that Sir Roy Strong’s Laskett Gardens are now open to pre booked groups of over 20 in number on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Admission to the grounds is £10.00 per person which includes a decorative plan of the gardens by Jonathan Myles-Lea.
The Laskett Gardens are the largest private formal gardens to be created in England since 1945. Over almost four decades the historian, Sir Roy Strong and his late wife, the designer Dr Julia Trevelyan Oman, transformed a four acre field into a series of stunning garden rooms, vistas, ascents and descents. These include a rose garden, pleached lime avenue, orchard, kitchen garden, knot garden, fountains, statuary and parterres as well as a spectacular array of topiary and rich herbaceous and prairie style boarders. Uniquely the garden tells the story of both their marriage and their creative lives in the arts.
Wilton Court is delighted to welcome groups of visitors to Laskett Gardens to lunch with prior arrangement.
Have you visited Berrington Hall National Trust property . If you are visiting Herefordshire it really is a must to include in your trip.
Created as the perfect house in the perfect setting Berrington has many secrets to uncover. In this, one of Henry Holland’s first houses, you can explore the family rooms and see how the servants moved around the house unseen by the family and guests. Find out what happened to William Kemp, Lord Cawley’s butler, discover the anguish of a grieving mother during the First World War or join a below stairs tour to see if you would have liked to have been a servant at Berrington.
- Walk through one of ‘Capability’ Browns final landscapes
- Join a garden, parkland or architecture tour
- Relax in the gardens, including traditional Herefordshire orchard
- Get creative in the den-building area
- See a display of items from the Wade Collection
Berrington welcome dogs on leads in the grounds and parkland except the walled garden, shop ,tea room and mansion. For opening hours and further details please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/berringtonhall Also close by you may like to visit Croft Castle.
Why not visit Wilton Castle if you are visiting Ross on Wye this Spring or Summer . The castle opens for a Daffodil day on Sunday 8th April and then is open every Sunday and Wednesday from Sunday May 6th to Wednesday 29th August. Open 12pm to 5pm
Admission £4.00. Children over 11 years £2.00. English Heritage and children under 11 free. Light refreshments avaialble. Tours of the Castle and Grounds for partiues over ten on other days by prior arrangement.