My Glorious Gardens: Iford Manor and the Peto Garden.

During half term, my teenagers and I went to to Iford Manor to see the gardens of Harold Peto. I think my children were humoring me but it was so nice to have their company!

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Outside the entrance.

Iford Manor is near the Wiltshire town of Bradford on Avon and is very, very beautiful. There has been a settlement here since Roman Times and the Manor is from the 14th Century. The Gardens are Grade 1 listed which means they are of national importance. They were designed in the early part of the twentieth century by Harold Peto who also lived in the Manor but have recently been restored. Harold Peto was clearly inspired by Italian style garden structure with columns, board walks and statues. There is also an oriental themed pond area.

I will leave you with lots of photos which will help you to envisage the garden.

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The entrance to the garden.
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The stunning stone steps that lead to the Italianate garden.
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The grotto
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The broad walk with columns.
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There are lots of paths through the Cypress.
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Beautiful box hedging and silly teenagers!
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The broad walk with statues.
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At the end of the Broad walk was this lovely Loggia.

The planting is simple but effective with sways of Nepeta, lilies, Salvia and Allium. Some of the original Wisteria also remains.

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Nepeta with lots of bees!
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Original Wisteria climbs the walls.
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Modern, yet simple planting.
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Astrantia, how I love you.

The pond area was lovely and it was full of tadpoles!

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The pond
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The pond was full of tadpoles!
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The irises growing around the pond.
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Harold Peto collected from his travels; here is a Buddha we found near the pond.
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The beautiful cloisters in the centre of the garden holds operas throughout the summer.
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It’s amazing what photos capture the day (and what you can do with an umbrella to your silly brother!)

It was a lovely way to spend a few hours. It’s not a place for children particularly but there were children there who seemed to be playing hide and seek and loving it!

A link to the website can be found here

OH THE JOYS OF LIVING IN THE OLD HOUSE IN THE SHIRES

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