Chesire, SY13 4AN
Wednesday 20 May, 11.00am - 2.30pm
Includes garden tour and lunch in nearby Combermere Arms
Explore a thousand acres of rolling parkland, walled gardens and ancient woodlands alongside spectacular gothic architecture, enchanting waters and a breathtaking Edwardian Glasshouse. Combermere Abbey is steeped within a thousand years of English history. Head Gardener Natalie Angus will be introducing us to a slice of bucolic life.
The Walled Gardens comprise three gardens and cover five and a half acres. Lovingly restored by the current owners, we will explore the secluded Rose Garden, stroll across the Croquet Lawn and get lost in the world’s only fruit tree maze! Surrounding the Edwardian Glasshouse, the maze consists of espalier apples and pears, totally half a mile in length as well as wall trained fruit, Yew topiary, beautiful weeping Cherries and plenty of herbaceous borders to discover.
Set within the Walled Gardens, The Geometic Garden was designed by Peter Beckett in 1993. The first of the three gardens to be restored, the design creates a series of ‘rooms’ on both sides of a central espaliered hornbeam avenue. Each planting is of a different shape – circles, squares, triangles and rectangles – with a varied emphasis in planting and colour.
Emerging from the walled garden there is a pleasure garden to enjoy. Very much the Victorian plant collectors dream and filled with majestic specimen trees planted in the era. The winding paths, thick with plantings funnel visitors down to the tranquil mere, impressive at 145 acres and being the largest within an estate in the UK, this is a site of specific interest. As well as the peace the water brings it supports a myriad of wildlife, with birds, insects and freshwater clams all calling Combermere their home.
After the tour, we will have worked up an appetite for lunch at the nearby Combermere Arms.