Hadspen Castle Garden and Nursery

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Garden Category: South West England Gardens

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  • The basic Victorian design of Hadspen Garden was conceived by Margaret Hobhouse in order to give a setting to the 18th century Hobhouse home. Around 1960, noted garden expert Penelope Hobhouse started restoring the garden, and that restoration continues today under the direction of garden writer and nurseryman Nori Pope and his wife. The Popes have been particularly interested in garden color, and have worked to create monochromatic themes in their garden. This 5 acre Edwardian Garden was reclaimed from a semi-wilderness eleven tears ago. An outstanding feature is the 2 acre curved walled garden with extensive borders of shrub roses and herbaceous plants. The deliberate organisation of specific colours within the borders is the work of highly skilled gardeners. The garden is entirely ‘organic’ and is an excellent advertisment for this methodology. There is a magnificent hosta collection, a water garden a meadow, a blue garden and much more besides. Follow Monty Don’s advice Don’t miss “…the immaculate vegetable garden of small raised beds planted so that red and purple-leaved vegetables pick up the burgandy and crimson part of the border as it sweeps past.” There are not enough superlatives to describe Nori and Sandra Pope’s garden.

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