Loseley Park – roses, weddings and a great garden visit

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As this estate is readily sold off as a wedding venue, I did not have a lot of hope for the garden. The website show off powdered white rooms with tables filled to the rim with white wedding flowers and white table cloths.

I am relieved to say, that the garden is really worth a visit. This property has a lot to offer, so head to Surrey and save 3 hours for this gem of a garden!

Why visit
The garden has strong lines, clipped hedges with masses of romantic loose planting, which is just what I prefer! An easy match!You will find good plant combinations and other inspirations to bring back home.

A white garden, good focal points, classic fountains and water features, kitchen garden, old greenhouses and a canal is some of the exciters in this garden.
The masses of roses, the wine walk, a field of poppies, exotic plants and palms and tall hedges and walls really impressed me.

I especially noticed the clever plant combinations mixing flower heads of spires, buttons, leaves and umbellifers in lovely combinations.

The Kitchen garden was filled with good ideas on how to train soft fruit, attract bees and birds and create some colour in it.

My favorite part must be the white part of the garden. How it is filled with white, dark green, soft green and silver in all heights and widths. (picture in top right in collage) Well done!

History:
The garden sits inside an old wall from the 16th century (as old as the house) and edged by a moat walk. The design is based on a Gertrude Jekyll design. It was improved in the mid 1990s and is probably more lovely now than ever.

Facts:
I would recomend using a car to reach this property near Guildford south of London. (Sat nav Stakescorner Road GU3 1HS) If you need to use public transportation, I would go to Guildford and take a taxi from there.

A mobile tea shop was set up when we visited. Lovely in good weather, but a bit cold when we was there.

The gift shop, had loads of gifts. Was hoping for a bit more garden related gifts, but ended up with some tea towels and some cards. Collected seeds from the garden would have been lovely!

Other places to visit nearby: 
If you wanted to combine this visit with another garden, there are more to pick from in the area. Wisley is the first that comes to mind, but is so big, it might be to much on a single day. I must mention the lovely Winkworth Arboretum which is on its best in autumn, winter and spring.
If you want a cosy place to spend the night nearby I will recommend the tranquil Rookery nook. Best B&B I have ever visited!

Poppies under the bird feeder in the Kitchen garden

Poppies under the bird feeder in the Kitchen garden

Good strong lines with loose romantic planting, just how I prefer it!

Good strong lines with loose romantic planting, just how I prefer it!

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Enter and exit through the gift shop. And then you do support something lovely and deserving!

Marle Place Gardens and Gallery – A masterclass in focal points

Marle Place

Why visit:
This is a private garden, and it has that privat secret feel about it. The small secluded garden rooms parted by long elegant views edged with tightly clippet tall hedges, keeps the intrest and wow-factor until you reach back to your car.

In the far end of this garden, there is a beatiful pond surrounded by peaceful woodland and a bog garden.

Through a big red door you enter the walled kitchengarden. And it is really inspirational, even in april. Filled with tulips waiting for the veg to move in. It also contains fruit cages with happy canary birds living in them, closely observed by the cats outside 🙂

The whole garden is dotted by art. Sculptures in many different forms, always set out as a focal-point that draws you twoards them. If you need innspiration to focal points in your garden, this is the garden to visit.
How ever, you could argue that there are too many of them. At the entrance we were given a map, and we tried for quite some time to follow it, but all the focal points drew us off our course, and away from each other. This garden really shows the strength and weekness you can achieve with focal points.

One of the most exiting things I saw was a big rose bush, tied down to a big circular iron plant support (around the plant). It was then pruned to exactly match the ring. It was not in bloom when I was there, but I bet it is truly magical full of roses.
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Above the Kitchen garden are two lovely greenhouses and a potting shed.
In the shed we bought antique vases and and other gifts. By the entrance is a small plantshop and a DIY tearoom. We also bought some blue and green eggs. 🙂

This is a private garden, first created in 1890. It has some good old conifer trees that gives this modern garden some umpf and maturity.

I recomend this garden, especially if you are intrested in art or just a special garden. Something different. This is also a good garden for autumn and winter.

You can also visit:
This garden is close to The Great Dixter, and you can do both gardens in a day. However I would not recommend to do Sissinghurst also this same day as they all 3 are huge and to much to take in, in one day.

Where to stay:
We stayed at the lovely Bed & breakfast “Chruch gates” in the nearby village of Cranbrook. The owners are a gardener and an artist, and they also offer guided garden visits.

How to get here:
This garden is not available with public transport. You need a car!
It is situated in Kent TN12 7HS
See the webpage for full address

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