The Dutch Garden at Clandon Park

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Our beautiful Dutch Garden was created between 1897 and 1902 by Frances Countess of Onslow.

The garden was originally modelled on the Sunken Garden at Hampton Court, so called after those gardens left at home by William of Orange. The garden is centred around a small statue in a circular pool, with clipped hedges and topiary.

A garden gone to seed

The garden was cared for until the death of the 5th Earl in 1945. When the National Trust took over the estate in 1956, the Dutch Garden had largely reverted to nature - paving stones had been removed, topiary had lost its shape and the elm suckers sprouted to around 20 feet high.

Restoring the garden to its former glory

In 1971, we found the funds required to restore the garden. The ground was cleared with the help of young people from the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. The British Airways Air Cabin Crew Fund kindly donated plants and additional funds in memory of crew members who had passed away.

How the garden looks today

Today the garden contains small hedges of Silver Queen and Hidcote Lavender that run along the tops of the walls around the garden.

Smaller perennial plants, such as geraniums and nepeta, and shrubs, such as Autumn Glory, fuchsias and thyme, are planted along the smaller borders.