Summer Evening Visit to Kingsbridge Farm
This year we visited a very special garden which came highly recommended from Jean Young. Although it was a little further away near Winslow we had an excellent turnout and a very enjoyable visit.
Mrs Aldous greeted us with a refreshing elderflower juice in a beautiful converted barn where tea and delicious cakes were later laid out. She told us about the old farm house and how she designed the garden over 30 years. We were given a plan of the garden so we could wander around at leisure while she was on hand to answer any questions.
The back of the house looks on to the main lawn which is surrounded by enormous curved herbaceous borders on three sides with interesting and diverse planting against the backdrop of an old wall and mature trees.
A path of clipped yews led to the beautifully planted woodland areas with winding paths, ornamental features and enticing vistas drawing the eye irresistibly to other parts of the garden. The garden map was very useful to guide us through the many paths and secluded “secret” areas so we could admire a gazebo, rose arbour and a stunning semi-circle of pleached hornbeams with far-reaching views across the haha to the countryside beyond. The whole area was planted with unusual shrubs, roses and perennials while still retaining a woodland feel.
A natural stream meanders through the edge of the woodland gardens with many walks and a choice of bridges to cross with interesting shrubs, ferns and bog plants along the banks.
Mrs Aldous was a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic host, even digging up some plants for a lucky visitor to take home. The garden was a fascinating mix of cultivated and “wild” areas, all very skilfully laid out and planted. It was definitely one of the best garden visits we have been to and well worth the journey.