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Autumn in the garden
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The team re-instated viewing platforms above the Bird Pond and have cut grass paths through the meadow. You can now take in some unusual and rare plantings on the way down from the Top Border.
Redwoods becoming green again
In spring this year our redwoods turned very brown; they were suffering from a double dose of stress from the hot summer of 2013 followed by a very wet winter which waterlogged the roots. This restricted the amounts of nutrients that the trees could take up, which led to brown needles. They are now on the mend and are looking more green than brown.
What's looking good in the garden?
- Hydrangea serrata ‘Grayswood’ at the tennis courts are not to be missed
- Over the winter the team planted up a new grass border at Clock Golf, which is now flowering
- Holly-leaved sweet spire (Itea ilicifolia) at the Gardener's Bothy and Clock Golf bordres has honey-scented drooping flowers
- Across the whole site the Chilean myrtles (Luma apiculata) are covered in white, almond-scented flowers
- Throughout the gardens the magnolias have interestingly shaped and brightly coloured seed pods
A lovely little pond tucked away on the middle path and graced by this sculpture by Nicholas Dimbleby.
Walk to the top garden for the best views over the river; from the battery, you can sometimes see seals.
Built as a Napoleonic defence in the 1790s, it's the perfect place to sit and watch the river.
The walled gardens are a perfect balance of industry and leisure, home to the peach house and vinery and the Galmpton School allotment, as well as soft borders and a large lawn to relax on. A must see.
A stroll to the top garden rewards you with a gorgeous summer border. Highlights include late flowering clematis on the walls and the unusual beschorneria, a succulent with pink six-foot flower spikes.
Remodeled in the mid-19th century, this lush and secluded area surrounds a pool and fountain. The nearby pet cemetery is home to the graves of Agatha's family's much-loved dogs.