History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The garden is very much in the style of Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens, with separate garden rooms creating a constantly changing horticultural experience. The garden was the brainchild of David Wheeler, who publishes the gardening journal Hortus.
The garden itself began in 1993 when Wheeler and his partner Simon Dorrell purchased the Arts and Crafts house here and began laying out a period garden in keeping with the early 20th century ambience of the site. The house was built in 19122 and was owned by a pair of sisters called Holt, whose uncle helped found the Fabian Society. George Bernard Shaw was among those who came to Bryan's Ground to help the Fabian cause, but Shaw would not recognise the gardens today for they have been transformed out of all recognition.
There are 20 unique garden rooms, lush with topiary hedges and sculpted shapes, and full of luxurious colour. The garden is planted to create warm colours i summer, with a focus on orange. There is a Sunk Garden to the south of the house, with Irish yew and box wood domes, contrasting with tulips and pansies set around a small pool. There is a Lime Walk, with more orange tulips and vivid azaleas.
A new area is Cricket wood, once the village cricket pitch, and now a 5 acre arboretum with pleasant walks. This area is especially colourful in Autumn, when the maples are at their best. Beside the garden runs the River Lugg, the border with Wales.
Another highlight is the Sulking House; a Gothic pavilion with purple flowering plants such as purple asters and oriental poppies. There is a Dutch garden centred on a canal pool, watched over by pear trees. Everywhere you look, formality and wild nature live side by side, creating a constantly fascinating experience for visitors.
We'll let BBC Gardens illustrated have the last word on Bryan's Ground. They called it an 'idyllic, quintessentially English garden'.
Bryan's Ground is open on specific days from Spring through Summer, and there is an entrance fee. Its best to check for current opening days and times before making travel plans.
About Bryan's Ground
Address: Stapleton, Presteigne, Herefordshire, England, LD8 2LP
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: On a minor road near Presteigne, B4362, just across the England/Wales border
Website: Bryan's Ground
Phone: 01544 260 001
Photo Credit: Philip Pankhurst, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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