Thomas Hardy's garden

The view across the garden to Hardy's Cottage, the birthplace in 1840 of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy

Wander through a quintessential cottage garden to reach the front door of a small cob and thatch cottage.

This is where Hardy was born and spent his early life, writing Under the Greenwood Tree and Far From the Madding Crowd.
 
The land surrounding the cottage was originally used as a builder’s yard and for livestock by the author’s father. Many years later it was replaced with a romantic, informal arrangement of herbaceous perennials and climbing roses typical of cottage garden style.