The Grove Hotel Gardens
The Grove, one of the leading hotels in the world is a luxury five-star venue and proud hosts of The British Masters 2016.
The hotel is set in 300 acres of private Hertfordshire parkland, dating back to the 17th century, with surrounding lakes and woodland. The 18th century mansion was the former home of the Earls of Clarendon.
The design and restoration of the gardens was overseen by Michael Balston, an award-winning contemporary landscape architect. Michael has recently completed a 10 year term as a member of the Council of the RHS. During this time he was Chairman of the Show Gardens Committee, a member of the Shows Committee and the Gardens Committee. For the period he was on Council, he was much involved in Shows development and the Master Planning of the Society’s four gardens. He has recently been appointed as a Vice President of the RHS.
The gardens draw heavily on the existing features of each site, whether historically, ecologically, visually or environmentally and the Formal Gardens which run the entire length of the hotel, provide a link between the interior and the wider landscape.
A series of terraces outside the restaurants, function rooms and guestrooms, provide space for The Grove’s collection of contemporary sculptures, as well as a water feature and views over the formal gardens, to the lawns and the spectacular herbaceous border.
The impressive 3.2-acre Walled Garden, constructed in 1878 by Edward Hyde, 5th Earl of Clarendon, comprises four parts, defined by avenues lined with walnut trees. The space contains the plantings you would expect from a traditional walled garden – fruit trees, soft fruit, vegetables – and a few other surprises.
Virtually all the trees on the site, including 200-year old specimens of Cedar, are protected and The Grove has taken steps to preserve them from future damage.
After our fascinating tour with Head Gardener David Roberts we will take afternoon tea in the Indigo Suite.
The Perennial 2017 Special Events programme is kindly supported by Hartley Botanic