Not Just a Steam Museum - Lodge Park Walled Garden

@JudyEv (123352)
Bunbury, Australia
November 7, 2015 11:06pm CST
I was supposed to post this before the one about Trim Castle but never mind. Lodge Park walled garden is attached to the steam museum. This was an extensive garden, heavily planted with a variety of plants. There was a beautifully maintained tennis court, vegetable garden and fruit trees. A little Cairn terrier called Crispy showed us around then, as we were leaving, the gardener caught up with us and took us around again, answering our questions with great patience. He had just handed in his notice and would soon be off to Atlanta, America to marry his fiancée. What a marvellous opportunity for an incoming gardener. The garden dates from the 18th century and has been under restoration for the last few years. The old brick-faced walls are clothed with climbers, fruit trees and roses. The apple trees are espaliered and berry bushes are enclosed in netting to keep the birds at bay. There were a number of box hedges and a magnificent white wisteria in full bloom. The greenhouse contains an interesting collection of unusual plants from all over the world. The sweet pea walkway was a favourite with Vince whose father used to grow sweet peas each year. And I have never seen such huge poppies. Topiary yew trees created some interesting shapes. Most walled gardens we saw had walls of ten to twelve foot in height. These walls provided protection from the weather. Fruit trees might be espaliered along the walls which provided enough warmth to allow the trees to thrive and bear fruit. Another walled garden we went to had been totally cleared of its vegetation and was a caravan park. We had a most enjoyable night there although I found it a bit sad that the garden had not been maintained. Have you been to a walled garden? They are popular tourist attractions nowadays but were often created at some distance from the house as they were seen to be unattractive.
I created this video with the YouTube Slideshow Creator (http://www.youtube.com/upload)
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• United States
8 Nov 15
That sounds like a wonderful place and it's nice to hear about these things that we otherwise wouldn't know about.
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
I would love to have a walled garden of my own but I'd never manage it now even if it was possible.
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• United States
8 Nov 15
@JudyEv I guess maybe we're not supposed to get everything we would like to have.
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• United States
8 Nov 15
@JudyEv Yes, I know what you mean...14 years ago when we moved south we had a 150 x 200 sq. foot garden..next house was 50 x 100, next one was 50 x 50...the current one (4th house) is 8 x 16 raised bed - just one - that's enough!
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@sueznewz2 (9997)
• Alicante, Spain
8 Nov 15
very good slide show... and while I was there I watched about 5 others... I enjoyed them all... I like going to gardens like that... lots of colour and variety....
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
I'm glad you enjoyed the slide shows. I'm new to the YouTube bit and didn't realise mine all come up on the side.That's pretty cool.
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@sueznewz2 (9997)
• Alicante, Spain
8 Nov 15
@JudyEv it is good isn't it.... ,
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@BelleStarr (38304)
• United States
8 Nov 15
Yes I have been to many walled gardens and I love the atmosphere they create. I envy them but since I don't have a gardener I am not tempted to try to create one lol Loved the slide show, felt like I was there myself.
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
I find them quite fascinating. Some have pipes and a boiler affair to help heat the walls. People in those days were very ingenious.
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@BelleStarr (38304)
• United States
8 Nov 15
@JudyEv Not to mention wealthy!! lol
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@sofssu (14462)
9 Nov 15
Lovely pictures.. I love wisterias. Great garden.. i guess its takes a lot to maintain them.
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Nov 15
I haven't seen too many white wisterias but this one was just laden with blooms. Very beautiful.
• United States
8 Nov 15
sadly, i've ne'er been to one 's they've not such in these parts. what a masterpiece! cute lil pup showin' ya 'round, eh? no doubt it takes lots'f work to tend such a property. i'd jest move in down there myself, lol. 'n those flowers? i nearly fainted 'n fell off'a my chair 't the sight 'f that white wisteria - bet the aromas waftin' through were jest divine. thanks so much fer takin' me there 'n showin' me 'round, what a beautiful thingy! big
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Nov 15
I loved the white wisteria too. Mostly we seen the mauve one here. Glad you enjoyed it.
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@GreatMartin (4541)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
8 Nov 15
I love walking through 'stately' gardens. We have the Bonnet Home here in Fort Lauderdale, across from the ocean, that have magnificent gardens with beautiful orchids all over
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
We joined the National Trust while we were in England and had free entry to many stately homes. We made good use of our ticket.
@wetnosedogs (1557)
• United States
8 Nov 15
Enjoyed the video. Very pretty and cute dog.
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
I'm glad you enjoyed the video. The little dog would trot ahead and wait for us to catch up.
@LadyDuck (157635)
• Switzerland
8 Nov 15
I love the walled garden, I enjoyed the slideshow, beautiful flowers and a very nice fountain.
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
I am glad you enjoyed the slideshow. With all the practice I'm getting, they are becoming quite easy now.
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@iamshane487 (1163)
• Manila, Philippines
8 Nov 15
Exploring in the garden is totally enjoying. I love having recreation in this kind of place.
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
It was very relaxing just wandering around looking at all the plants.
@jstory07 (67165)
• Roseburg, Oregon
8 Nov 15
Lots of plants around that sounds really beautiful.
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@JudyEv (123352)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
The flowers were very prolific. Everything looked so healthy.