Journal 3.10.20

Yew topiary flanking the approach to the Manor House at Sulgrave.
A Yew peacock flanks the approach to the Manor House at Sulgrave.

Clearly at this stage I have much to learn about the place and its garden, therefore for knowing folk I hope not to offend with the simplest of introductions to the garden and place that is Sulgrave Manor.

One of the colour themed mixed borders...

I’ll describe it as an Arts and Crafts style garden, for it has hallmark features you’d associate with one: a strong formal plan or layout, garden rooms separated by walls and formal hedging, topiary, velvety lawns, rich flowery borders, and the cutest wild flower orchard. Further supporting this simplified description is the not insignificant fact that when the property was restored in the 1920s, the architect was none other than Sir Reginald Blomfield who also installed the garden in the enduring formal style typical of that period.

Well, for those who know my recent background, you would be forgiven for thinking that I’ve come down an acre or two in garden size, and that ‘the guy from the ‘Capability’ Brown park’ might be too tightly bound by such a formal setting, and you might be right. However, those who really know me also know how committed I am to historic gardens, to understanding their elements, their reason for being and their spirit of place. I have an ingrained fascination by all things gardening, by how gardens are assembled, artfully presented and nurtured, be it a naturalistic and flowing landscape garden or rigidly structured formal garden; I can be equally besotted, and equally dedicated to detail and presentation with both.

The Stars and Stripes flag flying  near the Union Jack at Sulgrave Manor
The Stars and Stripes flying proudly near the Union Jack at Sulgrave Manor 🇺🇸 🇬🇧

I tend to carry a good deal of emotion into my gardening, and if possible I try to be as one with the spaces I care for. I can therefore say without hesitation that whilst there will be a period of time when I’m learning this new garden, learning how to fit in with the new team, and looking to see how I can be creative in an established garden; I will be very focussed in wringing every drop of potential that the garden at Sulgrave has to offer, and to being its strongest advocate.

To that end you can be sure that I’ll be posting about my experiences and journey over the coming seasons as I look to make a positive contribution – as the new boy in the team at Sulgrave Manor.

No that’s not me – my protege maybe…

Until next time have a great week, and if you haven’t already – do connect with me on Twitter or have a peek at my gardening journey on Instagram, and do check out the ‘about’ page including garden plan for Sulgrave Manor and Garden.

4 thoughts on “Journal 3.10.20

  1. The website says in is closed now for 2020 season. Shame, with the American connection I thought it would have been a good pumpkin carving opportunity!

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    1. Thank you, it is a really interesting site, lots to do, & fingers crossed it’ll keep me occupied for a good while to come!


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