Inspiration at Greys Court


Greys Court I've just discovered a gem of a garden. Greys Court, near Henley, is one of the most delightful and charming gardens I've seen.

It's owned by the National Trust who have carefully restored it to its former glory. The house itself is beautiful, dating from the Elizabethan era, and is surrounded by idyllic views of the rolling Chiltern countryside.

The gardens have been created as a series of interconecting rooms divided by magnificent ancient brick and flint walls. Each room has a different theme, from the wonderful peony walk to a magnificent rose garden. The highlight for me was the organic vegetable garden, as pretty as it is productive.

The Viola Theatre Garden visiting is a great way to pick up ideas for your own garden. One idea I especially liked at Greys Court was their viola theatre – a grand name for a simple but very striking three-tiered wooded stand attached to the wall and displaying eighteen orange-flowered violas in individual pots (pictured left). The concept could be adapted for any wall or fence, using any compact plants. I'd have to ask someone to make one for me though, as I'm just hopeless at woodwork!

The house and garden are open from Wednesday to Sunday until 30th October. And, as you'd expect from a National Trust property, the luches and teas are a real treat too.

Happy gardening!

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