At this time of year there’s less planting work to do in the garden, so we’ve taken the chance to clear an area between the orchard and the Croquet Lawn which has been left “wild”.
One of the most important of William Robinson’s concepts was the wild garden, but “wild” does not mean “wilderness”. It’s a kind of low maintenance statement between the natural and maintained landscape.
A dense shrub wall was isolating the orchard from the rest of the garden, so we decided to open up the view.
We cleared the Eleagnus, Rhododendrons, laurels and roses and now we can see the manor from the orchard-side path, which creates more links between the house and garden.
We plan to plant bluebells or daffodils underneath and the new part of the garden can then be left “natural”.
When you’re next at Gravetye, have a walk around the orchard and enjoy this new view.
Words and photographs by Martin
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