A highlight for TMAEG this summer was a trip to one of England’s loveliest gardens, Coton Manor near Althorp in Northamptonshire. This is a very special place, really a collection of gardens and landscapes, with something for everyone. And a learning experience for TMAEG into how to do things! A selection of photos follows; mostly taken by David Barratt, our former chairman. Thanks Dave!
The gardens were first laid out in the 1920s by the grandparents of the present owners
With its stone terraces, the 17th Century manor house provides a central focus for the gardens
Nine of us made the trip, sharing three cars.
The holly hedge border, seen from the terrace (Chris Gossop)
Another fine border, further down the slopes (Chris Gossop)
A woodland area with rhododendron at its best
The ‘water globe’ – natural lighting?
The Old Orchards with their ‘water staircase’, and . . .
lush native plants beneath the trees.
Beautiful blue perennials in a flower border.
Everywhere, colour abounds
The unexpected – two colourful residents
‘Lord of all I survey’ – representation of a stag in the wildflower meadow
View across the lake towards the manor
For more information, visit www.cotonmanor.co.uk