Today we visited West Green House one of the prettiest manor houses in England. It is a garden with a special and distinctive sense of place created over two decades by Marylyn Abbott a renowned Australian garden designer whose twin passions for English Gardens and International Opera have created a unique environment.
West Green House combines neo-classical style with contemporary design, providing the best, if not ambitious inspiration for Betty’s Italianate-style garden. A grand water staircase provides a focal point to the Nymphaeum Fountain designed by architect Quinlan Terry. The magnificent Walled Garden, faithfully restored to its original lines, is entered through an arbour of wisteria. An alley of apple trees divides an elaborate potager with its berry-filled fruit cages, annual flowers and colourful vegetables from its signature perennial borders exuberantly planted in subtle hues of mauve, plum and blue.
West Green House offers four seasons of beauty, contrast and inspiration, with its stunning planting, dazzling colour and a touch of humour.
The Gardens are open from March til Sunday the 28th of October. The gardens are closed every Monday and Tuesday except for Bank Holiday Mondays. Opening times are 11am to 4.30pm.
*We also featured some pictures of beautiful Italianate gardens in this episode – pictures of the Villa Balbiano in Lake Como – credit to ‘My Private Villas’ who kindly provided us with the photo:
As well as a wonderful picture of Villa Carlotta in Lake Tremezzo taken by Kathy Sztanko: