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The entrance porch showing the Lion’s head of the Fellowes family- who built the original school in 1848

‘Old School Garden’ is both a description of my own garden and a hint to the style and character of garden that I particularly enjoy (and probably also my traditional approach to gardening!:

The country garden with a mix of architectural features and planting typical of the ‘Arts and Crafts’ movement and epitomised in the gardens of Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll around the turn of the 19th/20th centuries is the style for me.

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An older view of the Terrace Lawn and surrounding borders with me having an autumn clear up- courtesy of Google Street View!

Old School Garden is about 2/3 acre and is made up of :

  • The Entrance with trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants, lawns and seasonal bedding. It features a white border and rose tunnel.

  • The Terrace with brick raised beds, topiary box bushes, and feature plants in various pots and containers.

  • The Terrace lawn – a rectangular area of grass surrounded by mixed shrubs/ herbaceous and other planted borders, backed by an informal hedge of different shrubs.

  • The Woodland Lawn which is a more organically- shaped grass area (used for Croquet when weather allows!) surrounded by a range of mixed borders and backed by a number of native trees underplanted with woodland edge plants and woodland walk.

  • The Pond Garden which was completed in 2016, featuring a sunken pond surrounded by yorkstone flags and stepping stones, with a range of pond and bog plants, flint and tile water feature melding into a rock garden, an old seat covered by a rose and clematis swag arbour and backed by a bank of black and red themed plants..with a hint  of the orient too!

  • The Orchard with a number of apple and plum trees, a woodland border featuring a range of shade loving shrubs, perennials and bulbs.

  • The Kitchen Garden – this has a formal layout, enclosed with trellises and with gravel paths dividing up a number of raised beds containing bush and cane fruit, asparagus, rhubarb and beds for seasonal vegetable growing as well as a glasshouse, cold frames and arbour.

  • The Courtyardthe old enclosed play area of the School is now paved, centred on an occasional metal table and chairs and featuring a number of planters with a range of Hostas, Clematis and other seasonal interest.

As my blog unfolds I’ll include images from different areas so that you can get a feel for what it’s like.