Westbury Court garden, near Gloucester, is the first garden that the National Trust rescued and restored. It was first laid out between 1696 and 1715 so it is a terrific example of an early garden that survived through history even when the house did not. I went there on a sunny June day and had the place almost to myself!
A Dutch water garden
The garden is an example of a Dutch style water garden and it is a really lovely place to spend an hour or so. It’s not huge but large enough to wander and enjoy the calm ambiance of the different sections of the garden. Sit and listen to the birds or take a look at some of the unusual plants that are in the garden. The lady on the gate was super friendly and although no cafe, there was a small kiosk to buy hot drinks and snacks.
A National Trust success.
What makes this a garden of interest is that it was left alone when Capability Brown was changing gardens throughout the eighteenth century and so gives us an example of a garden from about 1720. Obviously, the canals, borders and tower have been recreated but there are a few glimpses of original aspects too. The National Trust used old engravings and records written at the time of William and Mary to help with the restoration.
What was really special is that the garden has the oldest Tulip tree in the country. It also has the oldest evergreen Oak tree. It was just a little early for me to see the tulip tree in all its splendour but it was just beginning to flower. Perhaps a visit in July would be better to see this tree in all its glory!
I hope you have enjoyed reading about this garden. It’s not a place for a whole day out but a lovely place for a wander in an afternoon.