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The garden at Greys Court

An image of the walled garden in summer at Greys Court, Oxfordshire with tall red brick wall in the background with arched doorway flanked by a pair of clipped, domed trees and a froth of pink Cosmos flowers in the foreground
The Walled Garden is a sea of colour in the summer | © National Trust Images/Hugh Mothersole

There’s something to see around every corner in the garden at Greys Court. Explore the interconnected spaces surrounded by the warm colours of ruined walls and buildings that date back centuries. With things to discover throughout the year, take time to enjoy everything this tranquil oasis has to offer.

Purple wisteria arch and flower beds in April at Greys Court
The wisteria arch and flower beds in April at Greys Court | © National Trust Images/Hugh Mothersole

Features in the garden

Moon Bridge

This was designed by Francis Pollen as a Chinese-style ‘moon bridge’, dedicated to the Brunners’ Chinese friend, the cookery writer Dr So Yan-Kit, who the family often referred to as their ‘adopted daughter’. The area below the bridge is planted with blue irises, created to give the impression of moving water.

The Maze

The Maze was inspired by the Archbishop of Canterbury's address is 1980, in which he spoke of a ‘mazelike muddle in which the world finds itself’, and his hope that Christian and non-Christians, working together, could solve it. The design, by Adrian Fisher, is packed with Christian symbolism, for example, the seven rings stand for the seven days of creation, the three outward turns for the three days that Christ spent in the tomb.

Octagonal fountain

The octagonal stone fountain was designed by Hugo Brunner’s brother-in-law, the architect Francis Pollen. A prayer for good harvest by the Latin poet Horace was carved in slate.

Visitors in the garden at Greys Court, Oxfordshire

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