Sunday, 8 May 2011

Wollerton Old Hall

Last weekend I paid a second visit to a bit of a hidden-gem, Wollerton Old Hall, near Market Drayton in Shropshire. This is a relatively new garden, dating from the 1980's. Nevertheless the owners have completely captured the joy and romance of an old-fashioned flower garden in the style of Hidcote and Sissinghurst. It is beautifully laid out, with lots of nooks & crannies to explore, and every available surface is clothed with wonderful plants and climbers! They have a huge collection of Salvias here (something like 80) but of course they weren't in flower just yet. The bells & whistles brigade have yet to take over here, so it feels like you are actually visiting a garden and not the commercial outpost of some vast empire. All of the modern elements that you might expect are here, but the tea room is splendid with a broad selection of reasonably priced nosh, and a terrific plant sales offers all sorts of goodies at fair prices (£4 Uvularia grandiflora).
The garden is, like Hidcote, a bit out of the way to get to but undoubtedly is worth making the effort to visit!

Formal area at the garden entrance
View into Yew Walk

View into Lime Alee

Lime Alee

Sundial Garden

View into Long Walk

Long Walk

Long Walk into Croft Garden

Well Garden

Well Garden bench


Jess said...

I still can't get over that you work in such a place. sigh.

Wife, Mother, Gardener said...

I am sold. It is going on my map of England today!

...Now you know what a garden nerd I am :)

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