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photoblog image Benington Lordship Gardens (Hertfordshire)

Benington Lordship Gardens (Hertfordshire)

 

one of my favourite snowdrop gardens in England

 

"The garden at Benington Lordship sits on an ancient fortified site which has been occupied since Saxon times. What you see today are the earthworks of a medieval motte and bailey castle and the ruins of a Norman keep, now a listed monument.

The gardens were initially laid out in the early 20th-century and surround the manor house, the core of which was built around 1700.

The magnificent neo-norman folly, comprising a gatehouse, summer house and adjoining curtain wall, was completed in 1838 by James Pulham of Broxbourne.

The west wing of the house was added in 1905 by the present owner's family with an Edwardian verandah which takes advantage of the glorious views over the park and surrounding farmland.

The garden is famous for its display of naturalised snowdrops around the moat and inner bailey. In spring, following the snowdrops, the garden is covered in swathes of scilla byzantica, daffodils, fritillaries and flowering shrubs and trees." I hope to see this garden again in September during my journey through East- Anglia.

Benington Lordship Gardens (Hertfordshire)

 

one of my favourite snowdrop gardens in England

 

"The garden at Benington Lordship sits on an ancient fortified site which has been occupied since Saxon times. What you see today are the earthworks of a medieval motte and bailey castle and the ruins of a Norman keep, now a listed monument.

The gardens were initially laid out in the early 20th-century and surround the manor house, the core of which was built around 1700.

The magnificent neo-norman folly, comprising a gatehouse, summer house and adjoining curtain wall, was completed in 1838 by James Pulham of Broxbourne.

The west wing of the house was added in 1905 by the present owner's family with an Edwardian verandah which takes advantage of the glorious views over the park and surrounding farmland.

The garden is famous for its display of naturalised snowdrops around the moat and inner bailey. In spring, following the snowdrops, the garden is covered in swathes of scilla byzantica, daffodils, fritillaries and flowering shrubs and trees." I hope to see this garden again in September during my journey through East- Anglia.

comments (12)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Feb 2020, 01:56
It does look most appealing, Philine.
Philine: Many thanks, Ray!
A nice montage, Philine!
Philine: I love this place, I was there for the second time. Many thanks, Elisabeth!
You got to see the snowdrops after all, Philine!!!
Philine: Carpets of snowdrops overall! Heel bedankt, Ginnie!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Feb 2020, 06:44
This is absolutely gorgeous Philine. You seem to know more about England than I do..
Philine: I was there in January 2015, too - a wonderful place! Many thanks, Chris!
Très typique , j'adore !!
Philine: J'adore ce androit aussi, merci bien, Claudine!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 17 Feb 2020, 07:36
Quite an architectural history, Philine, though I know you had eyes for the snowdrops!
Philine: I had also an eye for the manor house, it is a private property and cannot be visited except a tearoom and giftshop inside the building. We were welcomed by a member of the family. Many thanks, Lisl!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Feb 2020, 07:53
What a delight this is and what a wonderful name (only in England...) I hope you were rewarded with a n excellent display of snowdrops. In September when you return, the gardens will look very different.
Philine: Yes, I was rewarded with an excellent display of snowdrops, also rare snowdrops in the Walled Garden. I have been already here in January 2015, I love the gardens with old manor houses and lovely English gardens around them. Many thanks, Alan!
It looks wonderful Philine. I have never heard of the place I must confess
Philine: It is one of the most beautiful places in England I know. Many thanks, Bill! Storm Victoria is over now in our part of Germany, Dennis was very bad as I saw on tv yesterday evening.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 17 Feb 2020, 08:50
You have visited many places that I have not.
Philine: I assume that in your snowdrop garden there are also some different sorts of snowdrops except the normal galanthus nivalis. Many thanks, Chad!
The old tower looks astounding next to the brick.
Philine: Yes, it looks a bit strange. Many thanks, Care!
This looks to be a very fine place to visit Philine. I was born and bred in Hertfordshire at a town called Royston. I would be interested to learn where you will be visiting in East Anglia in September.
Philine: We'll be visiting several places in East-Anglia - it is a lovely, picturesque part of Old England - https://www.seick.com/?119701_20-eas-east-anglia-malerisches-england. Many thanks, Brian!
these are beautiful images of the gardens Philine... i like the way that you placed them in collage....petersmile

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