Other People’s Gardens: Stourhead

Welcome to number [mumble]teen in my occasional series of Other People’s Gardens. Last weekend J and I had a couple of days away in the lovely West Country and made a visit to Stourhead, in Wiltshire. Well worth a visit if you are in the area, though a tad pricey for the non-National Trust member as you have to pay for parking as well as admission. Well worth it though, as the gardens are quite spectacular and I can imagine that they will become even better over the next few weeks as the leaves change colour.

The path from the car park and visitor centre gives you a lovely view of the walled gardens.

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And a decision – walled gardens and house, or landscape gardens? We opted for landscape gardens first as the sun was shining and we wanted to make the most of what good weather we had (the forecast was mixed).

The landscape gardens are gorgeous and filled with picture perfect views, little buildings and imitation temples, bridges and grottoes. Less text, more pictures:

One of the first views you get as you walk into the garden

One of the first views you get as you walk into the garden

The Temple of Flora

The Temple of Flora

View from near the Temple of Flora, showing the Temple of Apollo

View from near the Temple of Flora, showing the Temple of Apollo

The Gothic Cottage - apparently someone used to live in it!

The Gothic Cottage – apparently someone used to live in it!

View of the Pantheon, from across the lake

View of the Pantheon, from across the lake

View back across the lake towards the Temple of Flora (on the left)

View back across the lake towards the Temple of Flora (on the left)

The Temple of Apollo

The Temple of Apollo

And the view from the Temple of Apollo - imagine how lovely it will look as the leaves start to turn

And the view from the Temple of Apollo – imagine how lovely it will look as the leaves start to turn

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Looking back towards the Pantheon as we made our way out of the garden

After lunch we went up to the walled gardens.

On the way in we saw a medlar tree. We had a medlar in the garden of the house where I grew up, and Dad used to collect the fruit to make medlar cheese.

On the way in we saw a medlar tree. We had a medlar in the garden of the house where I grew up, and Dad used to collect the fruit to make medlar cheese.

 

Some of this may be the reason that Dad and I were the only people who would eat the medlar cheese...

Some of this may be the reason that Dad and I were the only people who would eat the medlar cheese…

Inside the walled gardens, there was still a lot of colour along with some healthy-looking pumpkins, but the distinct feeling that the season is nearly over.

 

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From the walled gardens we went into the house, then back out to some bits of garden we hadn’t already seen – the main interest was in the hydrangeas flowering profusely.

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