In celebration of Valentine’s Day, I’m sharing my photos of Britain’s most romantic garden renovation project. Easton Walled Gardens.
There was once a magnificent mansion at the top of this flight of stone steps. The orangery windows looked over the glorious gardens below.
Franklin D Roosevelt, visiting the gardens on his honeymoon tour, described them as “A dream of Nirvana- almost too good to be true.” Sadly, the house was demolished in 1951 and the gardens slowly abandoned. The gatehouse only survived when the bulldozer broke down. The gardens were lost under brambles and tree saplings.
Strolling around today, there’s a feeling of walking in the footsteps of those who lived and worked there in its heyday.
A stone bridge has been restored and leads to the great yew tunnel- which survived the neglect and abandonment.
And really, only love could have saved this garden. Ursula Cholmeley, whose family lived at Easton for 400 years, has poured love, energy, passion, and time into the renovation project. Work, started in 2001, continues today. And it’s a triumph. The “lost gardens of Easton” have been rescued and revived.
What’s your most romantic garden? How will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day?
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Easton Walled Gardens just off the A1 near Grantham in Lincolnshire, is open until 19th February for snowdrops.