Public gardens of Herefordshire Jul 14, 2019 9:30:04 GMT
Post by lugg on Jul 14, 2019 9:30:04 GMT
Over the Summer and Autumn I am planning to visit/re-visit several public gardens in Herefordshire (and maybe some just over the borders.) Most of them are relatively small. I thought I would post them all in one thread and add to it as I complete my visits. I am not sure if this will work as one thread and I may alter it at a later date.
I have already posted about two in the past;
Hampton Court Castle –anyportinastorm.proboards.com/thread/6076/herefordshire-hampton-court
Weir gardens – (well I thought I had but cant find ait at the moment.)
So recently I visited the gardens at Ralph Court. This was a first time visit and I did not know what to expect ; although I knew they were “quirky.” They are about a 20 min drive from my house, located in a village called Edwyn Ralph close to Bromyard a small market town.
Anyway see what you all think – it be a little marmite.??
The area is rural as most of Herefordshire ….some views from the car park and the entrance.
Before entering you get a sense that this is indeed a quirky place.
Stepping inside does nothing to dispel that sense
Wondering where his other half has disappeared to ?
I paid the entrance fee (£9) and had a quick scan of the leaflet which told me that there are 12 themed gardens “ from Italy to Africa the gardens transport you around the world and beyond” but did not include a map so I had a quick look around and prepared to wander around aimlessly. The sign posts dotted around helped but actually one of the delights was that you did not quite know where to go or what you would find. Some of the entrances were almost hidden.
The gardens are the grounds of an old rectory. The leaflet told me that they are about 3.5 acres in size.
The rectory today is home of the owners/ designers of the gardens, who started transforming the grounds when they bought the rectory in 2004. The grounds were previously mainly grass and used as a mini golf course at one time.
Any way I headed left much to her majesty’s amusement and found Medusa with her snakes watched by Perseus, shield at the ready. Many of the gardens are based around water features and this one was no exception.
A rather jazzy portaloo.
The drums heralded entry into Africa with its lush green planting , waterways and ponds.
A “treetop” walk gives a different perspective
As we go around further you can see that this garden is a garden that is designed for all the family – it is fully accessible and I imagine children particularly younger ones would not object to be dragged around by their parents or grandparents. It also has a few real birds, fish and animals.
Whistling ducks/ Peafowl and Golden Pheasants
Toulouse Geese – huge and comical too watch. No idea why they are named after nappies. But I guess they are family pets and so their livers are safe.
Alpaca and Donkeys.
Next up – Medieval Myth area
I should have read the sign as I got too close and got soaked .. fortunately my camera survived.
I was just about recovering when I walked into this talking tree which asked me if I was enjoying the garden …..really made me jump
Not only does it talk but it moves
Anyway time for some colour. I saw some roses and headed towards them . The smell was just so wonderful.
It soon became obvious it was not just an ordinary flower garden. Interpretation of Alice in Wonderland – Rose Gardens , Tea Party and Croquet with some Wind in the Willows thrown in for good measure.
Wind in the Willows - chicken houses
There were some really lovely roses and dahlia in this part of the garden. I have so many photos I am going to have to be very strict as there is still so much else to show you.
More to follow.