Not Just a Steam Museum - Lodge Park Walled Garden
By Judy Evans
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.
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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!
• 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