Coton Manor Garden – TMAEG’s Summer Outing – 5th June

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

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

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.

Nine of us made the trip, sharing three cars.

The holly hedge border, seen from the terrace

The holly hedge border, seen from the terrace (Chris Gossop)

Another fine border, further down the slopes

Another fine border, further down the slopes (Chris Gossop)

A woodland area with rhododendron at its best

A woodland area with rhododendron at its best

The ‘water globe’ – natural lighting?

The ‘water globe’ – natural lighting?

The Old Orchards with their ‘water staircase’, and

The Old Orchards with their ‘water staircase’, and . . .

lush native plants beneath the trees

lush native plants beneath the trees.

Beautiful blue perennials in one of the flower borders

Beautiful blue perennials in a flower border.

 

 

 

Everywhere, colour abounds

 

 

The unexpected – two colourful residents

The unexpected – two colourful residents

‘Lord of all I survey’ – representation of a stag in the wildflower meadow

‘Lord of all I survey’ – representation of a stag in the wildflower meadow

View across the lake towards the manor

View across the lake towards the manor

For more information, visit www.cotonmanor.co.uk

 

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