• Countryside Alliance Team

Some More Magical Gardens to Enjoy

As promised here is round 3 of our favourite gardens to enjoy from home.

Those of us who are lucky enough to have a garden or live in the countryside feel truly blessed to be able to get out of the house and enjoy the fresh air. I know that everyone has been talking to us about their gardens, and all the extra time they are putting into them. With the lovely Spring weather, the countryside has never seemed so beautiful and the birds seem to be singing even louder this year.

We absolutely love Stourhead in Wiltshire with its stunning Palladian house and world famous neo-Classical gardens. When Stourhead opened in the 1740s, a magazine described it as ‘a living work of art’. The world famous landscape garden has its centrepiece a magnificent lake reflecting classical temples, mystical grottoes and rare and exotic trees.  The estate is approximately 2,650 acres and is a magical mix of chalk downs, ancient woods and farmland all managed for wildlife. Enjoy this little bit of paradise.

Stourhead Gardens

Our second garden is at Upton House.The garden was created from two spring-fed valleys on the Warwickshire/Oxfordshire order, and have been in use since the 12thcentury. Kitty Lloyd-Jones is largely credited with their total transformation for Lady Bearsted in the 20s and 30s and created cascading terraces on the valley sides, extensive herbaceous borders and a rate Bog Garden on the site of medieval fish ponds. The herbaceous borders are fabulous and the setting in the valley is truly lovely.

Upton House and Gardens

We are looking forward to supporting and visiting some of these lovely gardens in the not too distant future.


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