Friday, 24 April 2015

Visiting The Courts Garden and Great Chalfield Manor

After the great day out at Malmesbury Garden Festival and Abbey House gardens on Saturday, how to entertain a house guest on Sunday?
Having looked at my National Trust book, I found The Courts Garden and Great Chalfield Manor were both open on Sundays.
The Courts Garden was full of interest, starting with lovely Aeoniums and other lovely plants in the conservatory:
 In the borders, there were many different sorts of tulips
 Fabulous Epimediums:
 And lovely clipped hedges like CBeebies' Abney and Teal
And the long vistas are superbly thought out and planned

This bed with yellow and red tulips worked really well
From The Courts, we walked across the fields, Holt's industrial past ever present in glove factories and other fascinating industrial buildings ripe for some sort of use, including this well head dating back to 1720!
So lovely, a detail below
A mile or so across fields and we were at Great Chalfield Manor in about 20 minutes, and were greeted by swallows swooping around the stables
There are lots of examples of living paths
And more wide borders with tulips
And into the chapel where there's the Parable of the Sower stained glass window.
I took a photo of the house and moat on the way out, Great Chalfield Manor is such a lovely old place, and there's lots more to the grounds than I've photographed.
By the time we reached the car, it was 3.30pm, so we decided to go and see our first NGS garden of 2015 in Bradford on Avon. I've saved the photos for part 2 of this post because there were some lovely displays there.

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