Sunday, 21 February 2016

Painswick Rococo Garden's Snowdrops

Yesterday I visited Painswick Rococo Garden, a fifth snowdrop garden, involving another grassy field to negotiate to park the car, and then into the garden itself. The Rococo period in England existed from approximately 1720-1760, and was relatively recently extended to describe gardens as well as a style of architecture, furniture and art.
At Painswick this is expressed via serpentine paths with formal vistas and brightly coloured follies, of different architectural styles, which appear suddenly at the end of walks. It's a beautiful place to visit with it masses of snowdrops.
The Eagle House is the first building encountered as you walk into the garden, it's been beautifully restored since 1984 when in was in a very poor state.
 And here's the lower part of the Eagle House which looks as though it has been built into the hillside.
 Below is the Pigeon House built at the same time as the main house, and as its name suggests was used for keeping pigeons.

 Above the house itself, and below an interesting willow structure built to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012. It was built by representatives of the Friends of the Rococo Garden.
 We then came across a wonderful sculpture in the woodland area, it took Sue a while to see it because it's not where you normally look when in a wood.
 So here it is, a chainsaw structure inspired by Schloss Neuschwanstein in Bavaria. Isn't it fab, and in the perfect place

 Below the Doric Seat, and above an Exedra, an outside seating area, or discussion place, an apse or a large recess in a wall.
The rain started in earnest at about this point and meant I haven't photographed any vistas, the Red House or the snowdrops which were fabulous, but not named.
Becoming a Galanthophile has meant I'm keen to know the names of all of the snowdrops, and none were labelled, however I was able to buy 3 named varieties: G.elwesii, G.Atkinsii named after James Atkins a noted snowdrop grower in the 1800s and G.ikariae and will dig out another snowdrop bed in the garden for the 'Painswick' snowdrops.
After the rigours of the garden, we had a great lunch in the cafe where there was an abundance of beautiful home made cakes to be had along with less sugary options.

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