The formal garden at Hughenden

Mary Anne left diaries about her management of Hughenden. As well as the management of the Disraeli household she left notes about the garden design and even helped in achieving the effect she planned. As with her appearance and home, she adored to include vibrant colours.

Under Mary Anne Disraeli's enthusiastic instruction, the formal garden was redesigned at the same time as the house, in 1862. Her design shows an Italian influence, incorporating a pergola stretching the length of the house, enriched with classical statuary and urns from Florence and Venice. Using photographs from 1881, the National Trust has restored the gardens to reflect the taste and vision of its former owners, though sadly the iron pergola was lost to salvage during the war.

This winter and spring Hughenden’s garden display has taken inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s novel ‘Alice in wonderland’. Gardener, Piers Horry, has designed a ‘Flowers of Wonderland’ themed display, alive with the colours of wonderland. The display will be hypnotic with colour containing a blanket of pansies all watching Alice pass through the garden. Take a stroll through the through the gardens and cosy up on a bench and take in the view.