21.08.15 Design Team - day out

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Photo by Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd

The design team enjoyed a day out visiting the gardens at Culham Court, the Botanic Garden in Oxford, Rousham House and Broughton Grange before returning to Serge Hill to see Tom's garden at the Barn.

The walled garden at Culham Court was planted three years ago and is now beginning to mature.

Meadow planting at the Botanic Garden in Oxford. The seed mixes were designed by James Hitchmough. All of it looks impressive and we thought the Eurasian meadow based on Galium verum, Echinops Vito eryngium planum and Stipa gigantea looked the best with the American prairie plants in the background.

Picnicking along the bank of the River Cherwell at Rousham.

Admiring the water rill and cold bath flowing through the woodland.

One of the earliest and least changed examples of the English landscape style can be found at Rousham House. It is owned by the descendants of General Dormer who commissioned William Kent to extend the house and update the landscape in the 1730s. The garden is definitely worth a visit throughout the year as something new is always revealed.

Exploring the three-terraced walled garden at Broughton Grange.

The garden contrasts the form of topiary with wild, luxuriant herbaceous planting, whilst softly framing a beautiful rural backdrop.

– www.broughtongrange.com

At the end of the day Tom took the design team on tour of his garden at home in Serge Hill.