An inspirational garden
A Collective story
The story of the garden at Barrington Court centres around the ‘two pairs’ who were the agents of Barrington’s restoration: A.A. Lyle with the architect J.E. Forbes, and Elsie Lyle with the famous garden designer Gertrude Jekyll. Their influence can be seen throughout the garden with its radiant colour and the brush-like strokes of Jekyll’s planting. As you wander the garden you’ll discover traces of the Elizabethan period that strongly influenced Forbes. So much so he included enclosed symmetrical gardens, topiary and soft-coloured herbaceous plants and shrubs into his design. The footprints of the creators of Barrington Court can be retraced; you can read more information and be consumed in the passion and vision of these four creators as you encounter and explore their collective vision and dream that was Barrington Court.
Gertrude Jekyll, was consulted by Colonel Lyle’s wife, Elsie, on the layout and best planting schemes for the gardens. Elsie Lyle even visited Jekyll to discuss the plans for the gardens in person, and much of what you see today was inspired by these earlier plans and created awe-inspiring moments within the garden. The discovery of Barrington’s “missing gardens” is one such moment: Jekyll’s Elizabethan and South gardens, and Forbes’ moat, all of which were never built. These captured living moments of history are hallmarks of the Barrington Court story and act powerfully to immerse you in the story of the past, while being rooted in the present day.
Providing a contemporary link to the garden’s history, the team’s knowledge is captured in a series of Barrington “Gardener’s Questions” radio programmes which visitors can access at three unobtrusive stations.
Moving from the garden into the old estate office. Here, as throughout both the house and garden interpretation, carefully chosen artefacts and arresting images allow you to feel the history through personal objects that bridges the past with today.