Visit to Easton Walled Gardens 05.07.12

What a great day out at Easton Walled Gardens – for those of us that didn’t go, we missed a treat. Here are the reports and lovely photos from Linda, Jeremy, Peter & Eloise:

Thursday 5th July, 2012

The sun shone all day and it was hot, hot, hot, for our visit to Easton Walled Gardens …

Easton Walled Gardens

Twelve acres of fabulous gardens and meadows brought back to life in 2001, although originally created 400 years ago. A really delightful place to visit if you were unable to join us today – Linda

Easton Walled Garden is near Grantham in Lincolnshire. It had been a fine Victorian garden but was abandoned after the property was wrecked by military use during the war. It is being restored by the present owner Lady Ursula Chomeley. Work started in 2001 and will continue for many years to come.We went during the week of the sweet pea festival The completed areas at present are a small cottage garden, the very attractive “Pickery” , where most of the sweet peas are grown, an immaculate vegetable garden with more sweet peas and an 80 metre long herbaceous border. There are substantial lawned areas and lovely views over the surrounding parkland. The restaurant serves attractive home-made light meals – Jeremy

Members of the Association were blessed with the best of weather for the outing to Easton Walled Garden near Grantham on 5 July. Easton Walled Garden is especially well known for its sweet peas and our visit was slap bang in the middle of their “Sweet Pea Week” and we were not disappointed. With 60 varieties under cultivation there was a spectacular show, but this was not all, the herbaceous borders, the cottage garden and the vegetable garden were all at their very best and all looked glorious in the warm sunshine. The setting of the garden is also fabulous with areas lying either side of the River Witham linked by a fine twin arched stone bridge . The house, around which the garden was originally created, sadly was demolished in 1951 after being sequestered for use by the armed forces in World War 2 and the subsequent theft of the lead from the roof. The gardens were abandoned and soon became overgrown. The only original buildings that remain today are the gatehouse and stableyard. The gardens date back over 400 years and were almost completely lost before Ursula Chomeley, wife of the present owner, began to rescue them in 2001. She has done a magnificent job and there is lots more being done. The on-site tea room provided excellent refreshments and there was a well stocked plant sales area and shop for those who could not resist the urge for a little retail therapy. All-in-all a very enjoyable day – Eloise & Peter
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