Sunday, 31 August 2014

Packwood House- arguably the best garden of the tour?

Packwood House was our final stop before coming home, it appears in the National Trust great gardens book, and was mentioned by the guides on our way round the house. Impressive views of the garden can be seen from the house, but the garden surpasses every expectation, it is glorious.
The yews tend to get centre stage when people talk about the gardens because they are so old, dating back it is believed to 1660 when John Fetherston, a lawyer planted the Sermon on the Mount in yew trees! From the approach, driving through Shakespeare's Forest of Arden, and then down a winding drive until the house is glimpsed, the place is pure fairytale.
 It was restored to its present state by Graham Baron Ash in the 1930s and given to the National Trust in 1941 in memory of his parents, fulfilling the family motto- 'not for us but for everyone.'
But to the gardens, from glorious long borders crammed with plants

 to the sunken garden with the most glorious selection of Sedums, Aeoniums, Echeverias and more

 I wonder if this is Sedum Xenon?
 So lovely
 And what was this looking a bit unruly, Echeveria 'Pink Frills'? A third sighting in 3 days?
 From the sunken garden and up to the Terrace Walk where Aeonium arboretum 'Zwartkop'  is seen growing in profusion. This look is achieved of course by overwintering in a greenhouse and planting our each year.

 Above and below borders beside the Terrace Walk

Looking back to the house:
 And then the other way to the famous yews:
 From here we walked up the spiral walkway up the Mount, here planted with a magnificent yew known as the Master. Flanking it are a dozen yews to represent the disciples, and then a multitiude of yews:

And last but by no means least, we went to have a look at the walled kitchen garden, immaculately planted with imaginative touches as can be seen below where there's a teddy bear's picnic table and brassicas radiating out from the centre.

We ended the visit with a guided tour of the nurseries, very interesting to see behind the scenes.

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