Chisenbury Priory Garden - Sublime.

The pleasure of writing my  blog is to spend Sunday afternoons exploring beautiful private gardens, to take time appreciating the care and thought that has gone into them. One of the most attractive I have seen in the last few years is at Chisenbury in Wiltshire close to where I live. Open as part of the NGS Scheme.

Chisenbury Priory Garden - 
Chisenbury Priory is an ancient site. The present house dates from the 17th century,
with a brick front added in the mid-18thc. There was an earlier building, perhaps dating back to the grant
 of the manor to the abbey of Bee in Normandy, in 1112. This accounts for the name
 'Priory' or 'Priors', though the connection with Bee was  severed during the Hundred Years War with France. In 1441 the manor was granted to the Hospital of St Katharin
by the Tower, which remained Lord of the Manor into the 20th century.


Planting around the widened section of the leat: meadow grass and astilbes contrasting with gunnera and huge Hosta. Upstream the leat is bordered by clumps of roses. 

The lawn sweeps up past a holm oak  to the low retaining wall, above which a wide bed of
herbaceous plants then returns over the paved path that led back to the Justice Room courtyard.
Where the leat flows out under the wall a small enclosure formerly used for dumping grass cuttings had been 
renamed Woodruff's Corner after the 'general factotum' who rebuilt the walls and laid the paving, now softened by salvias, Dicentra scandens and campanulas.

 Mr. John Manser  the current owner has pieces of sculpture - the Waiting Woman at the end of the
Bowling Alley and Woman with Wet Hair, both by Gerald Laing; a strange steel bird in the pond, a bench in the
form of a giant wooden hand in the meadow and a huge granite apple in the orchard. He has also built a
decorative steel bridge over the leat, a rose-covered steel pergola with the most beautiful ogee arches and
an undulating outline over the path behind the house. These were designed and made by Paul Elliot.


Brick paths edged with box, with Walls of roses,
 
alliums, gladioli, paeonies, delphiniums and clematis-covered timber obelisks. He has also planted a screen of pleached limes across the south end of the forecourt. Yew topiary alongside the pergola, and in the square south of the forecourt,has added a more formal feel to the garden.


All this , chocolate cake and tea sublime.


The pleasure of writing my  blog is to spend Sunday afternoons exploring beautiful private gardens, to take time appreciating the care and thought that has gone into them. One of the most attractive I have seen in the last few years is at Chisenbury in Wiltshire close to where I live. Open as part of the NGS Scheme.

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