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A Gertrude Jekyll Garden

As soon as you walk out through the double doors of the Blythe Road Ticket Office, you are welcomed by a beautiful garden surrounding Astleham Manor Cottage. This garden was inspired by the work of Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932), garden designer and horticulturalist.

 

 

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An array of pinks- Astleham Manor Garden in June 2015.

 

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Astleham Manor Garden in June 2015.

 

It’s at this time of year that the garden really comes to life and this is what largely inspired me to visit a garden created by Jekyll in 1908 at The Manor House in the village of Upton Grey, Hampshire. At the time it was home to Charles Holme who was a well-known figure in the Arts and Crafts Movement. Restored by the current owners of the Manor House, it is open to visitors for a couple of months each year (http://www.gertrudejekyllgarden.co.uk/).

 

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The Manor House, Upton Grey, Hampshire.

 

The gardens at Chiltern Open Air Museum are predominantly managed by a dedicated team of volunteers, although part of my role as Farm and Site Assistant (an 18-month traineeship funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund) involves some garden-based activities and I’m learning as I go along. The point I want to make is, you don’t have to know anything about flowers and gardening to enjoy them, you can just appreciate these gardens for what they are- masterpieces of living beauty.

 

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A rose pergola and sunken garden bordered by hedgerows- The Manor House Upton Grey, Hampshire, July 2015. Designed by Gertrude Jekyll in 1908 and restored by the current owners, Rosamund and John Wallinger since 1984.

 

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I think my favourite part of Jekyll’s garden is the use of dry stone walls because I love the freedom that the plants have to grow through the gaps in the stone and it just has a very warm and natural feel to it.

 

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Hemerocallis fulva. The Manor House Garden, Upton Grey, July 2015.

 

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Eryngium sp. The Manor House Garden, Upton Grey. July 2015.

 

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The pond in the Wild Garden, The Manor House, Upton Grey, July 2015.

 

Writing and all photos by Rachael Maytum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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