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The Yew Garden was laid out in 1974 and evolved into a large box parterre which was destroyed by box blight in 1999. The present yew parterre replaced it.
A long gallery in yew and beech named to commemorate Julia Trevelyan Oman's production of Johann Strauss' operetta at Royal Opera House.
A odd triangular piece of land thick planted with grasses and perennials.
Beneath the cedar tree there is a gravelled area enlivened by topiary and spring flowers.
Named after the viewing gallery which straddles a mound of turf and from which views can be had both of the countryside beyond and of the garden below with its heather knot flanked by Malus floribunda.
The fountain is part of a tableau that acts as a preface to one of the garden's great vistas stretching up to the Colonnade Court. Two ancient classical columns act as a proscenium arch framing a sequence of gardens which gradually ascend to the west.
Laid out first in 1977 in honour of the Queen's Silver Jubilee this garden was re-laid out and given drainage in 2009. The surrounding planting is of white and yellow roses under planted with lavender with a central parterre filled with tulips in spring and bedding plants in summer. In the middle stands a sundial from Sir Cecil Beaton's garden at Broadchalke, Wiltshire.
Along with the Yew Garden this garden was the earliest laid out in 1974 on the site of an old lawn tennis court. It was paved in 2003 and replanted in 2012 with repeat flowering roses under planted wth sedum (Autumn Joy). Four statues of the Seasons are surrounded with white pulmonaria.
A grass walk much patronised by our cat Muff. Over the years it developed into a crinkle crankle walk flanked by beds filled with a mixed planting including malus.
Initially named after Elizabeth I, one of whose emblems was a crowned pillar, this now also celebrates Elizabeth II with both monarchs' initials and crowns etched on the base. The Walk is 65 yards long and took its final form in the early 1980's when limes were planted and then pleached. To them was added a linking swagged beech hedge and later, in the 1990's a central path flanked by a low yew hedge.
A small garden of herbs planted in 2005.
Designed by Julia Trevelyan Oman for Sir Roy's 50th birthday in 1985 when the area was paved and landscaped. She gave him the four little statues of the Seasons.
A yew circus planted in the field grass in 1974 that eventually evolved into a major punctuation mark in the great vista up to the Temple. It was paved in the 1980's and a parterre was laid out incorporating the linked initials of the owners, J and R for Julia and Roy.
Planted when Julia Trevelyan Oman was designing one of Sir Frederick Ashton's most famous ballets based on Turgenev's Month in the Country in 1976. Inscriptions celebrate that and another ballet based on Elgar's Enigma Variations.
Laid out in 2015 this area forms a dramatic contrast to thwart gardens' more formal vistas and forms a winding walk with silver birch trees and Malus arising from drifts of naturalised flowers. It is in memory of Sir Roy's late wife Julia and reflects her love of this particular style of planting. The walk culminates in a naturalised pond which instantly became a haven for wildlife.
This walk linking the Rose Garden to the Hilliard Garden was an early part of the original scheme. In recent years it has developed into a dramatic mixed planting of perennials and grasses from which arise yew, euonymus, holly and box topiary.
So named as it was planted on Christmas Eve 1994. The cross paths and flanking hedges were added in the 1990s. The fruit trees chosen are ones particular to the county. In spring there is a spectacular display of bulbs.
This area was once the Kitchen Garden and it was only in 2013 that the decision was taken to sweep that away and build what gives the Gardens a concourse area for events. On a monumental scale it forms a fitting climax to the great vista from the Fountain Court.
This records Sir Roy's directorship of the Victoria & Albert Museum between 1974 & 1987. On the back wall is a plaque by Simon Verity in which his profile is sandwiched between those of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, busts of them both flank either side of the temple. The temple sits at the top of the Great Ascent affording a long vista down to the Shakespeare Monument which was erected to commemorate the award of the prestigious Shakespeare Prize awarded to Sir Roy in 1980 in recognition of his most outstanding contribution to the arts in 1980.
A small Kitchen and Cutting Garden laid out in 2015 to provide herbs, vegetables, salad greens and flowers for the house.
Four statues representing Painting, Architecture, Sculpture and Music give this defined area leading to the Colonnade Court its name.
Although this garden provides the setting for a quince and and walnut tree it is essentially a display of topiary trained into shapes associated with the Arts and Crafts garden style. They began as sprigs of yew left over from hedging.