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|
|View into Long Walk|
|Long Walk into Croft Garden|
|Well Garden bench|