The Butterfly Garden

The last garden to be designed by Henk Gerritsen, this imaginative garden is planted with medium height, small - leaved, small-flowered plants, creating an ethereal delicacy synonymous with the butterfly.
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A spiral pathway leads from the outer edge to a central butterfly sundial, a memorial to Benjamin Oppenheimer who died in infancy. On the rear brick wall, a metal ribbon sculpted by Roger Doyle, evokes the meandering flight of the butterfly. Few can resist the urge to follow the path, ambling between the self-seeding annuals and perennials which abound here.

The silver-grey shrubs, Teucrium fruticosum, set a subtle colour tone for a light and breezy colour palette. The observer will note that almost everything in this garden is beneficial to pollinators. Indeed, the garden is a haven for bees and other invertebrates. Spikes of Persicaria amplexicaule ‘rosea’ and Agrimonia odorata punctuate the plantings, alongside wild marjoram, Stachys officinalis, pimpinella and Lunaria rediviva. Large cream clovers sit beside a surprised bird-sown spelt. Horsetail grows along the base of the brick walls and is harvested to make a biodynamic horsetail tea which is used across the estate. The garden hums with the song of crickets in Summer and is a favourite spot to sit and watch the world go by.

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Whether you are an individual, or a larger group, wishing to enjoy a tour of the gardens, our gardeners will be delighted to show you round and introduce you to these stunning naturalistic gardens.

For Individuals

Garden tours

Just £15 per person, including refreshments. Wednesdays from 5th June - 25th September 2024
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For Groups

Private tours

Just £15 per person, including refreshments.
Fridays from 7th June - 27th September 2024.
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Private groups

By appointment only Tuesdays & Thursdays:
21st May - 26th September 2024.

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