I have been absolutely euphoric for the past week! A dream come true…visiting my “basket” (not bucket) list of gardens that I have longed to see, craving the opportunity to capture my very own images of these favorites.
From Highgrove to Hidcote and a stellar list in between — Stourhead, Bowood, Rousham, Buscot Park, Iford, Kiftgate, Rodmarton — conveniently within two hours of each other. Cloudy, wettish weather did not dampen the enthusiasm as, ironically, spring colors actually read better in overcast conditions.
Over the summer and fall, I will dedicate posts to individual gardens from this trip. For the moment, though, I want to highlight the images that capture for me the essence of each garden — the “picture that is worth a thousand words” (which I shall spare you!). Wisteria starred in many gardens, which was a most welcoming sight as it is used less frequently in my part of the world — and like so many flowers we love, their bloom is too fleeting.
Rodmarton shows off its double dose of the fetching purple vine while the featured image (above) provides a very different aspect of this Cotswold Arts and Craft property.
Glorious Buscot Park, with it’s wealth of landscape features, extravagant vistas and romantic stonework…to include the famous Italianate water garden designed by Harold Peto.
Rousham is singular for two reasons…it represents the first phase of English landscape design dating back to the early 1700s, remaining almost as William Kent had left it. And the house, built in 1635, is still owned by the same family. Rousham is truly charming in its unspoilt way…
Stourhead is renowned as one of the best examples of the English landscape style of garden in the mid-eighteenth century. Designed around an elegantly sized lake, the property incorporates ever changing vistas with idealized versions of classical antiquity.