The walled garden is now, almost returned to its Tennyson-era appearance. In 1854 the poet described his “careless-order’d garden, Close to the ridge of a noble down”, and we are striving to recreate the stunning setting of the home he loved best in the same carelessly-ordered fashion!
Tennyson loved to walk and sit in the garden with his family and guests. All the Tennysons were keen gardeners, constantly planting shrubs, raking up leaves, gravelling paths and laying hedges; according to acquaintances, Tennyson had such a love of the natural world that he couldn’t even bear for flowers to be picked on his grounds!
As well as flowers we are growing fruit and vegetables, in keeping with the practical use of the garden to provide food for family meals. Apple and quince trees have been planted, accompanied by a working greenhouse cultivating traditional shrubs and flowers.
The garden is maturing and still a work-in-progress, we very much hope our visitors will return in future years to see how it develops with each new phase of planting.