copyright Katherine Tyrrell
This sketch of the Rill Garden is a double page spread in my Daler Rowney black hardback A4 sketchbook - which means it's a big sketch. Getting the perspective right - including all those round box 'puddings' - was a bit of a challenge! The box hedging and mounds were interesting to do. The trick seemed to be to keep mixing greens across the range from dark blue green to light yellow green. I'm not sure I made such a good job of the pleached limes though!
Wollerton Old Hall Garden is a real find. For me it's the nearest equivalent to Sissinghurst that I've ever come across in the north of England - and my mother and I are veteran garden visitors. Lots of small garden rooms - each with its own very distinctive personality. You can take a virtual tour of the garden here.
The really interesting thing is that the garden is not that old and it's still developing and changing. It's also an RHS Partner Garden. This is the way the website summarises what the garden is about.
Wollerton Old Hall Garden is a four acre plantsman's garden developed around a 16th Century house (not open) in rural Shropshire, England. Strong formal design has created many separate gardens each with its own character. It features intensive cultivation of perennials using planting combinations with an emphasis on colour and form, as well as many rare and unusual plants.The Wollerton Old Hall Garden website starts thus - and I repeat it here as the garden certainly lived up to its plaudits!
A formal garden with exuberantly planted borders set in the Shropshire countryside, in the heart of England.
"Artistry, vision and discipline combine here to make a garden of exceptional quality." - The Good Garden Guide
"This is truely a delightful garden to explore and learn from." - Noel Kingsbury, House & Garden"This is a garden to be enjoyed - and to be plundered for inspiration"- Patrick Taylor, Daily Telegraph Gardeners' Guide
- Wollerton Old Hall Garden
- Wollerton Old Hall Garden - virtual tour
- Garden location - just west of Market Drayton in Shropshire
- RHS - Wollerton Old Hall Garden