Broxwood Court, June 22 Jun 23, 2022 20:50:00 GMT
Post by lugg on Jun 23, 2022 20:50:00 GMT
Broxwood Court lies in the hamlet of Lower Broxwood in West Herefordshire, close to Kington.
This stunning garden is not strictly a public garden, but 2 or 3 times a year it is opened up to the public as part of the National Garden Scheme ( NGS ) I had wanted to visit for some time and finally got to go there a week or so ago. Often when I visit a new garden in Herefordshire I think – oh wow this is my favourite so far – but I really loved this garden and was green with envy on occasion.
A little about the NGS
The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Guernsey, and raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake. ( those that have seen my previous garden reports will know/suspect that the availability of tea and cake is always important to me !)
More info here;
and a more local view of the NGS
In short--It is a really great opportunity to see gardens both large and small that would not normally be open for viewing and supports many health and social care charities in the process.
Here is how the NGS brochure describes the garden ,
“Impressive 29 acre garden andarboretum, designed in 1859 by W.Nesfield. Magnificent yew hedges, longavenue of cedars and Scots pines.Spectacular view of Black Mountains,sweeping lawns, rhododendrons,gentle walks to summerhouse, chapeland lakes. Rose garden, mixed borders, rill, gazebo, sculpted benches and fountain. White and coloured peacocks, ornamental duck. Wildlife meadow in progress. “
So let’s take a look,
I will start with a map – not sure how clearly it will appear though
We entered from the car park (1.) into the area between the stables and the house. (14.)
Some lovely plants at a very reasonable price were on sale here, my sis bought a lovely cistus for her new home.
A little about the buildings, I understand that the family have lived in the area from about the 16th century ( possibly earlier but will I jump forward to the later history)
In 1858 Richard Snead-Cox commissioned C. F. Hansom to build a large house in the Gothic style. Hansom, however, died with only stables and a service range completed. In 1891 Leonard Stokes (1858-1925), who undertook many commissions for Roman Catholic clients, was called in to erect a Tudor-style mansion, aligned on an avenue of trees planted by Nesfield c 1860. That house was demolished in 1955 and replaced by a smaller house on the same site, also in the Tudor style. The stables and service court was left standing, and in the 1990s converted to residential and office use.
So first through and around the stable block and its inner court.
There are a number of sculptures and art pieces throughout the gardens but this is the only metal one I saw,
Well apart from six or seven wind vanes with Richard Snead Cox’s initials on the stable buildings
So we headed through the stable block first to see what we would find – taking the decision to ditch the map.
Amazing trees lined the walk until we discovered we were in the kitchen garden area ,
The chickens roamed freely at least during the day) and no worries as the growing veg and soft fruits are well protected
next to the protected veg are a wide variety of fruit trees,
and of course a tennis court ! (is this a Herefordshire thing or do all people with immense gardens stick their tennis court next to their veg ? )
More to come – it’s likely to be a slow report due to my work, Enzo and other commitments but I wanted to make a start.