Daylesford & Chastleton Glebe
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We will start the day at the 18th century Daylesford House Gardens, where Head Gardener Martin Bevins will share details of the gradual restoration of the gardens since Lord and Lady Bamford acquired the estate in 1988.
Under their stewardship, the whole garden is run purely organically. The orangery nurtures a collection of citrus within a central bed, plus Cobaea scandens and Trachelospermum jasminoides, which all thrive in the warmth. Hidden behind the orangery is the secret garden and its sheltered and humid habitat enablestender exotics to ourish outdoors. Above theorangery a wilderness garden known as the warren has been established.
A vista was built by Lord Bamford as a pinnacle viewing point, overlooking the top lake that supplies a waterfall which cascades into the Dell. An area of planting known as the scented walk bridges the top lake and the walled garden which is a true kitchen garden with two greenhouses, orchard walks and a formal vegetable potager.
After lunch, we will make the short journey to restauranteur, chef and broadcaster Prue Leith’s 16th century Cotswold estate, surrounded by a five-acre garden. Prue developed a kitchen garden to grow vegetables for her restaurant business. Now this is structured with a parterre and seasonal flowers and the vegetables grown are in frames behind the greenhouse.
Guests will visit the red garden with a stone and vine pergola and beds of vibrant colours which pays homage to Prue’s South African childhood. A rose and clematis archway leads down to a Buddha statue, honouring her daughter’s Cambodian heritage. The woodland garden walk reveals an adventure playground built for their grandchildren and the main lawn is flanked by a Rosa mundi hedge. Through the trees and bamboo stands, a bridge brings you to a lake filled with waterlilies and a Chinese style pagoda.
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