Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Two Beautiful Gardens

As I have been out gardening this afternoon gardens are on my mind. While on our trip we saw lots a lovely gardens. 2 special ones are in Somerset. The smaller garden - The Secret Garden of Somerset ( above ) is Kilver Court Gardens near Shepton Mallet. Set against the backdrop of a class 2 listed Viaduct it is a magical place.
In the 1800s this viaduct was part of the Dorset to Somerset railway.
It is so pretty and well cared for.


With lake, bridge, parterre,boat house and vegetable garden.

It was a bright sunny day and that made it even more delightful.

Astilbes against a dogwood tree.

On the same site is a farm shop, butchery and Deli as well as a cafe. A fabulous place to visit if you get the chance.

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The second much larger garden is Stourhead ( a National Trust garden ). It is a place of spectacular views ( an 18th century landscape garden )

With bridges;

lake views ;

Grottos;

and Cottages.

We were pressed for time;  and didn't get to see the big Stourhead House or the rest of the estate which covers 2,650 acres of woodland and chalk downland.

1 comment:

Molly said...

Love that one by the viaduct! You made very good use of your time over there! Your photos are lovely.......