Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Kathy Brown's Garden - Bedfordshire

I think the official website tells you all you need to know:


The Manor House Garden extends to four and a half acres.
It has been developed and almost entirely looked after by owners Simon and Kathy Brown over the last thirty years.
To celebrate this great creativity they have published a garden guide called Painting with Nature
The garden has many different areas of interest
•formal garden with clipped jury,
•cottage garden with honeysuckle, rose and clematis pergolas,
•wisteria and laburnum walk underplanted with alliums
•various herbaceous borders,
•tree and herbaceous peony border, plus exciting new Intersectional Peonies
•major climbing rose displays for end June/early July followed by
•major clematis displays in July and August
•exuberant container garden displays with workshops/demonstrations***
•a dedicated edible flower border with themed classes/demonstrations***
•a wild flower meadow
•avenues of white stemmed birches, metasequoia, eucalypts and gingkos.
•a snaking winter garden 
•a prolific orchard with themed classes***
•Three art gardens using naturalistic planting schemes, a fourth with living Rothko murals and a new room inspired by Henri Matisse's The Red Studio which Rothko so much admired.


You have the basis for a real treat whatever the time of year you might choose to visit.


The Edible flower border has lots of tasty flowers according to the season.....sweet ciciley, bonze fennel flowers with pink, white and blue lavenders, daylilies, marsh mallow, bronze fennel, dianthus, pink thymes and marigolds! Lavender and lemon drizzle is one of my most popular cakes, but raspberry and elderflower is even better! Lavender flapjacks with lots of seeds and dates are excellent too. Carrot and marigold cake has now become one of my late summer favourites whilst a classic Victoria sponge (photo) with strawberry and rosewater jam partnered with rosewater cream is brilliant!  My Tuesday afternoon visitors enjoy different ones each week! Group visitors can arrange demonstrations on edible flowers.

Kathy Brown's Garden



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