The Walled Gardens of Cannington, Somerset ( hdygg 118 )

Walled Gardens of Cannington

Walled Gardens of Cannington

Located in the village of Cannington, Somerset, the Walled Gardens lie within the grounds of a medieval priory and many of its fine buildings, including the walls of the garden, remain. Having undergone extensive redevelopment, the Gardens were officially opened by HRH the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward. Since then they have been accredited as a ‘quality assured visitor attraction’ by VisitEngland and named as a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) partner garden.
— canningtonwalledgardens.co.uk
Dailia

Dailia

Fernery

Fernery

Monarda Hybrida 'Bergamo'

Monarda Hybrida 'Bergamo'

Our visit

We returned home from Somerset today and squeezed in a  visit to the Walled Gardens of Cannington en route home. These gardens are a delight to walk around, with both gardens and a large glasshouse to enjoy they really are worth a visit if you are in the area. Entry is just £3.95 in high season and £2.95 in low season with children entering free. I firmly believe that it's vital that children get to experience gardens as they grow up so this free entry for kids is great. We all especially loved the glasshouse, wildflower meadow and the enormous pumpkin. The glasshouse housed so many different plants but I'll post photos of the cacti and succulents separately as I took dozens of photos of them (hey, you know me and my succuelnts!)

Glasshouse at Walled Gardens of Cannington

Glasshouse at Walled Gardens of Cannington

Cacti in the glasshouse at Walled Gardens of Cannington

Cacti in the glasshouse at Walled Gardens of Cannington

glasshouse at Walled Gardens of Cannington

glasshouse at Walled Gardens of Cannington

Walking through the glasshouse at Walled Gardens of Cannington

Walking through the glasshouse at Walled Gardens of Cannington

This beast is so large a small ladder has been made to take the weight of it's vine

This beast is so large a small ladder has been made to take the weight of it's vine

Wild flower section

Wild flower section

History

Walled Gardens of Cannington  are set in the grounds of a medieval priory, it's history dating back to 1138. Way back then the Priory hosted Benedictine nuns but these days it's it's run by Bridgewater College who officially opened the garden in 2009. Since then the gardens have gone from strength to strength, becoming more and more eco-friendly with peat free compost, water taken from a bore hole and plants sold in bio-degradable pots, allowing them to be planted straight into the ground.

It tickled me to read that back in 1328 there was an inquiry into the illicit wanderings of monks and nuns, as it is said there was a network of tunnels leading from Cannigton Court to various spots in the village, enabling them to meet in secret. There are iron bound gates at the entrance to Cannington Court, these are said to have been erected to keep the nuns in!

Bright Summer border

Bright Summer border

Monarda 'Raspberry Wine'

Monarda 'Raspberry Wine'

"Twinspur" Diascia 'Lavender PInk'

"Twinspur" Diascia 'Lavender PInk'

I love this roof idea

I love this roof idea

Note to self: Add more contrasting colours in the garden

Note to self: Add more contrasting colours in the garden

Handy Information

Walled Gardens of Cannington website

Walled Gardens of Cannington opening times

Parking: free

Entry: Adults £3.95 high season and £2.95 in low season , children - free.

Additional facilities: Tea Rooms, Tea Garden, Plant Sales, Gift Shop

 

Many thanks to all who joined in last week and once again apologies for being late with the linky, a combination of holiday unpacking and dodgy internet has slowed me right down. I'll be sharing your posts with extra helping of love this week by way of apology. In the meantime, some faves from last week include:  Some garden sitting, an award for the best comedy HDGG post title here, a dragon fly shot to die for, macro photography love and a floral butterfly.

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