The Garden at Peckover House

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The garden, as it is seen today, has a decidedly Victorian character and is justly celebrated as one of the most important town gardens surviving from this period.

Laid out by the Peckovers from the early 19th century onwards, it has evolved over a long period of time in response both to changes in gardening fashion and the family's taste.

The Peckovers were keen plantsmen and sought out new varieties and foreign species of plants and trees.

19th century

In its 19th-century heyday, the garden supported seventeen gardeners.

Under Alexandrina Peckover, this number was reduced to five estate men-cum-gardeners.

Fred Wenlock, the head gardener at this time, could not read, but is said to have written the plant and tree labels in beautiful copperplate.

20th century

When the National Trust took over the property, the number of gardeners was further reduced to one full-time and one part-time assistant.

When George Peeling began work in the garden in 1968, there was much that had been neglected and was in need of rejuvenation.

By the time he retired eighteen years later, he had successfully brought the garden back from the brink of wilderness.