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Shilstone Garden Tour

Kitchen Garden - Shilstone House

Shilstone Garden Tour

On Sunday 16th June at 11:30am, Lucy Fenwick, who designed the garden, will take you around the garden and explain how it has evolved from its conception.  The house had absolutely no garden when the project of restoring the house was embarked upon, so it is still maturing and changing.  The gardens are a mixture of formal and informal, with a rare 17th-century grotto which leads into a beautiful water theatre with cascades, leets and rills and a series of stone-lined ponds.  The ponds were original medieval fish ponds but became part of the 17th decorative water theatre designed by Thomas Savery, whose family owned Shilstone at that date.  The garden also includes a fine 17th century walled garden, together with crenellated banqueting house in one corner, and 17th-century terracing with fine granite steps.  The bank behind the house is traversed with paths giving breathtaking views of the house and valley beyond.  The banks are full of wildflowers, including rare orchids which multiply every year.  The garden is a haven for wildlife, and we have many hedgehogs, songbirds, kingfishers and in the ponds, newts. She will also show you the vegetable garden with its charming newly built potting shed.  Lucy will be happy to help with any questions that she is able to answer.