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
Looking back to the house:
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.