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Marking out the Red House garden snug for planting

2019 sees the start of a year long project to re-imagine one of William Morris’s garden enclosures. Using maps from the 1860s we will follow the footprint of one of the original ‘rooms’ to the north of the house. 

Like Morris we’re taking inspiration from medieval gardens. The space will feature turf seats, re-introducing the traditional art of wattle weaving and planting some of William Morris’s favourite flowers.

Follow the progress of the project here…

Latest updates

13 Jan 20

You better beLEAF we're using native plant species.

Part of the Garden Room will be lined with a hedgerow, and this week we sourced the native plant species for it. We'll be using Blackthorn, Hazel, Field Maple, Hawthorn, Wayfaring tree and finally, the inspiration behind one of Morris's designs, Sweet Briar Rose.


08 Dec 19

Marking out

With a blank canvas we can now lay out the bare bones of the design. We mark out boundaries, borders and pathways to ensure the final garden design works well for our visitors to enjoy. It’s muddy work and the garden team are wrapped up warm against the bitter December weather.

Marking out the garden for planting at Red House

10 Nov 19

Call in the digger

This week sees one of the biggest changes to the space. More of the shrubs have been cleared and a digger has been brought in to level the area, reducing the lumps and bumps which have built up over the years. While the digging commences, we have an archaeologist onsite, keeping an eye out for any finds, with some success. The digging uncovered some curious oval brick features, part of an earlier and previously unknown garden layout. Dated to the early 1900s, they are connected by a curved or serpentine brick path. These finds have been carefully documented and safely covered over again.

Archaeological finds at Red House