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A visit to Highnam Court Gardens

0 Written by Lisa on 4th May 2016 in Inspiration

Highnam Court House Gloucestershire Lisa Cox Designs

I went to Highnam Court Gardens last week in Gloucestershire.  It had been recommended for its display of tulips at this time of year but alas they were a bit behind schedule due to the cold weather and there weren’t many in flower.

Highnam Court House Lisa Cox Garden Designs

But despite spring being behind schedule and the bracing northerly wind that was in the air on the day we went, I still enjoyed the trip.  Sometimes I think seeing gardens early in the season gives a much better sense of the structure that lays beneath them.

Garden at Highnam Court Gloucestershre Lisa Cox Desins

Highnam court was built in the 1658 after the original house was seriously damaged in the Civil War.  It was then brought by the musician, artist and art collector, Thomas Gambier Parry in 1838.  It was Thomas who laid out the gardens originally but after a long period of neglect in the early 1900s they soon became overgrown and unloved.

Over the past 16 years, the gardens have been restored by owner Mr Roger Head, DL.

Highnam Court garden Lisa Cox Designs

The areas around the house, as you’d expect, are grand and formal.  This view, looks down from the terrace, across the rose garden to the main lake.

Topiary at Highnam Court Lisa Cox Designs

Statue at Highnam Court Garden Lisa Cox Designs

But moving away from the house the garden becomes more in touch with nature and the surrounding countryside.  My favourite part of the garden was the fernery which I’d love to see this part of the garden in the summer when the ferns are in full swing.  But the hellebores looked a picture and I liked the fact that it had a slightly untamed feel to it.

Folly in Highnam Court Gardens Lisa Cox Designs

Fernery at Highnam Court Lisa Cox Designs

The Money Garden also needs to be seen later when the water lilies are in flower, but it still looked beautiful with the vibrant young leaves of the weeping willow.

Weeping willow Monet garden Hignam House Lisa Cox

You’d never know by looking at the photos that it was the most bracing of days.  Some of the areas of the garden will look fabulous in the summer, especially the wildflower meadow areas.

Highnam Church Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Highnam Church was one of the other highlights of the trip with its many original frescoes painted by Thomas Gambier Parry, definitely worth a visit.

The gardens are open under the National Garden Scheme (NGS) on the first Sunday of the month throughout the summer but they also host concerts and other events, details of which can be found here.

 

(Images: Lisa Cox)

 

 

RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2016 – My pick of the show gardens

0 Written by Lisa on 21st Apr 2016 in Inspiration

Amelanchier in flower Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Last weekend I went to RHS Flower Show Cardiff.  There were moments over the past couple of weeks when I was very glad not be on site building a garden – the weather at times has been far from idyllic. What a contrast from last year when we were blessed with warm sunshine – I seem to remember I had to use suntan cream! Read more

A visit to Raglan Castle with my camera

0 Written by Lisa on 7th Apr 2016 in Inspiration

Raglan Castle Lisa Cox Designs

I remember going to Raglan Castle when I was little.  We always spent some of our holidays on a farm near Brecon so we stopped en route I suspect.  We used to love it, feeding the orphan lambs and helping when it was shearing time. Read more

Bird feeders for the style conscious

0 Written by Lisa on 13th Jan 2016 in Garden accessories

koziol-pip-bird-feeder-green Red Candy

I’ve started feeding the birds now that it’s finally getting a bit colder.  We get so many more species than we did in Leatherhead including woodpeckers, tree creepers and even a fat pheasant who seems to have successfully avoided the fortnightly shoot so far! Read more

The importance of being inspired

6 Written by Lisa on 5th Jan 2016 in Inspiration

Pot of gold in Kilgwrrwg valley Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Happy New Year!

Pot of gold in Kilgwrrwg valley Lisa Cox Garden Designs

On this day last year, we packed up our house in Surrey and started our move to South Wales.  We shed a tear when we locked up the house, but since we moved into our new home on 7th January it’s been pretty fabulous and we love being here. Read more

Make your garden festive with lighting ideas from Cox & Cox

0 Written by Lisa on 30th Nov 2015 in Garden accessories, Inspiration

outdoor light up tree tower by Cox & Cox

I’ve written about Cox & Cox before as I love their products and garden accessories. This Christmas they have some gorgeous lighting products for the garden to make it really festive. Read more

5 gardens with Christmas markets

0 Written by Lisa on 26th Nov 2015 in Inspiration

Chelsea Physic Garden Crafty Christmas Creations

Can you believe that Christmas is just four weeks away?  It always has a habit of creeping up on me and when I was in Cardiff earlier this week it seemed to be packed with shoppers already. Read more

Late autumn colour at Westonbirt Arboretum

0 Written by Lisa on 15th Nov 2015 in Inspiration

Autumn leaves at Westonbirt Lisa Cox Designs

I’ve wanted to go to Westonbirt for years and never seem to have managed to arrange a visit.  But last week I had a friend staying and because I’m now reasonably close, we decided to pay a visit. Read more

10 garden accessory ideas from Black Country Metal Work

0 Written by Lisa on 6th Nov 2015 in Garden accessories, Inspiration

Wrought Iron Kadai Fire Bowl Black Country Metal Works

I have recently been in touch with Black Country Metal Works.  They’re a family run company based in Shropshire and home to the country’s largest outdoor display of decorative metal work, as well as the county’s only interactive forge offering visitors the opportunity to learn more about the craft of metalworking. Read more

A stroll around the gardens at Hampton Court Castle in Herefordshire

0 Written by Lisa on 19th Oct 2015 in Inspiration

Hampton Court Castle Lisa Cox Designs

I met up with my friend and fellow garden designer Paul Richards last week.  We’re (sort of) local now so decided to meet at Hampton Court Castle for lunch and have a wander around the gardens as well.  Mostly because it’s half way between us. Read more

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