Summer's joyous exuberance
Created last century around an attractive 17th century manor house, the garden is one of the most harmonious small gardens in Britain. It features secluded lawns, pools and colourful borders. There is also an attractive kitchen garden, and orchards.
The vision of Phyllis Reiss, amateur gardener, lives on in this small yet perfectly formed garden. You can stroll among the summer colours along clipped lawns, glinting pools and welcome shaded areas that punctuate 'living rooms' of colour and scent. It's the perfect place for quite walks as you make the most of the sunshine.
As part of this Arts and Crafts room style in 1947 Phyllis Reiss changed what used to be a tennis court into the Pool Garden. She dedicated it to the memory of her nephew, a Fleet Air Arm fighter pilot killed in the Second World War. It was designed to have contrasting borders of strong and cool colours facing each other.
Today we continue to plant within her colour schemes, but we experiment with new varieties. Look out for reflective pond in this garden. It has been dyed blue to enhance the reflection and to control the algae.
Sit in the summer house, and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the pool garden, and how it changes through the seasons. Watch swallows in a display of acrobatics over the pond in May.
Enclosed by brick walls added about 1720, the garden was originally laid out by Dr Price in 1904. What remains of Dr Price’s garden, is an intricate blue lias pathway leading down to the fountain gardem.
Phylis Reiss wanted all year round colour in this area because of the views from the house.
This was the first area Captain and Mrs Reiss set about developing. It had been a rough paddock with a muddy path running along the north wall of the house.
One of Phyliss Reiss’s best known colour combinations was purple and gold, this can be seen in the east facing border in the garden. We have changed the planting to be more floriferous rather than shrubby.
This garden is dominated by shrubs and small trees, and is a project for our gardener Helena, to develop the planting over the next few years.
The central feature is a circular lily pool with a simple fountain enclosed by yew hedges. The borders surrounding the pond are planted with predominately white flowering plants.
There's also a small foliage garden beyond the fountain. This is where until shortly after the Second World War, Captain Reiss's garden shed stood.
During Mrs Reiss's lifetime, visitors weren't allowed into the kitchen garden. She believed, like many people at that time, that vegetables were for eating not looking at. This is why the views through the kitchen garden were planted with flowers, to hide the vegetables for visitors.
Nowadays you're free to walk past rhubarb, herbs, berries and more.