Berkshire, RG7 4DE
Wednesday 11 September, 1.00pm - 4.30pm
Garden tour and afternoon tea included
The Folly Farm estate has evolved from a 17th century cottage to an 18th century
farmhouse, a 20th century country house and now a 21st century estate.
It was home to the horticulturist Robert Fenn for nearly 30 years and was then sold to HH Cochrane in the early 20th century. It was Cochrane who commissioned Edwin Lutyens to extend the building into a small country house.
Lutyens returned in 1912 to extend the house further and during these two periods he worked with Gertrude Jekyll to produce one of their most important collaborations. In 1916 Lutyens and his family, at the invitation of then owner, Antonie Merton, spent the summer at Folly Farm and it was during this
period that Gertrude Jekyll also visited. Following a long period of careful restoration, the house and gardens have now been rejuvenated; as the owners have noted: “It has been a revelation to watch this garden come magically back to vibrant life as we have all worked together from east to west, taking one project at a time.”
Working closely with the garden designer Dan Pearson, a modern interpretation of a Jekyll garden has been achieved and the incorporation of the wider landscape makes Folly Farm a truly memorable experience. Guests will be able to walk around all areas of the garden including the one-acre walled garden, the cloister walk, wind garden, kitchen garden and sunken garden.
Our hosts for the day will be Estate Manager Simon Goodenough and Head Gardener Tim Stretton. Perennial is thrilled that we are able to bring guests to explore this very private and truly inspirational and awe-inspiring garden.
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