The mammoth task of cutting the yew hedge is now complete and gables are trimmed to a perfect line. Dee has been cutting for the last month with Rosy acting as lovely assistant, driving the tractor and holding the template in place.
In Godinton’s Great Hall sits a portrait of Mary Toke (1640-1680?), eldest daughter of Captain Nicholas Toke, with her pet dog in her lap, and her black pageboy to her side. October is Black History Month in the UK, and so it was a great chance to do some research into one of Godinton’s lesser … Find out more
As the temperatures drop the colours in the garden are still providing a warm glow. The borders are full of Asters, Rudbeckias and these fantastic Kniphofia rooperi with their mouth-watering orange drumsticks. In the walled garden the tropical colours of Cannas, Amaranthus and Dahlias are keeping the show going and now that we’ve finally had … Find out more
Up in Godinton’s attics, we keep an array of treasures, many of which are too delicate to be on public display: one such example of this is the beautiful silk wedding dress of The Honourable Lillie Bruce Ward (nee Partington), who married Robert Bruce Ward in 1897, and later bought the Godinton Estate in 1918. … Find out more
Those who have visited Godinton will almost certainly have been shown the carvings of The Great Chamber. The room itself dates back to the 1630s, when the house was rebuilt under Captain Nicolas Toke: as was the fashion of the day, the room would have been used for entertaining, often in the form of dancing, … Find out more
Late summer is a great time for our Italian Garden filled with soft mauves and blues of late lavendar and Perovskia and the huge flowers of Buddleja ‘Dartmoor’. There’s lots of colour in the borders and apples and pears are starting to ripen in the Walled Garden. We’re also hoping to add banana cake to the … Find out more
The cutting garden has filled with colour – roses, sweetpeas, Achillea and this wonderful Penstemon barbatus with its coral red flowers much more delicate than a lot of its cultivated cousins. Deadheading is keeping our volunteers busy in the rose garden and we’re trying to keep up with the pruning of spring flowering shrubs and … Find out more
It’s Delphinium season – our favourite time of year. The Queen of the Border is coming into flower just in time for the festival and roses are looking wonderful around the garden. Rosa ‘Eyes for You’ in the Italian Garden is a new floribunda rose with dark centred, strongly scented flowers.
The warm sunshine and recent showers are moving things along in the garden at a gallop. The bearded iris collection has recovered from a major renovation and is flowering well. We are very excited to see our new addition in the Long Border Iris ‘Godinton’, bred by Iris of Sissinghurst. The peonies are all covered … Find out more
Our local nurseries produce a wonderful range of interesting and unusual plants. Come and support them as they help to conserve the diversity of plants available to gardeners. These enthusiastic growers are dedicated to providing high quality, established plants and are more than happy to share their knowledge and give advice on the plants they sell.