165. How Does Your Garden Grow? Chawton House Library & Gardens
The garden is managed by Andrew Bentley, a wonderfully enthusiastic gentleman who's passion and knowledge is immediently apparent when you meet him. We were given an informal tour of the garden by Andrews’ wife, who’s knowledgable of the gardens was insightful and inspired.
The Gardens include: a terrace (inspired by Edwin Lutyens), English memorial rose garden, a walled garden containing fruit, vegetables, herbs & flowers, a Wilderness with paths to explore, a Fernery and lawns with a Ha-Ha.
Chawton House is registered as an organic producer with the Soil Association, with everything grown being used by the Library with any surplus being sold locally in aid of the charity.
The garden highlight for me was Andrew's recently completed project that ties the garden to the house perfectly. Elizabeth Blackwell Herb Garden links to Blackwell’s 2-volume Curious Herbal work is held in the Chawton House Library collection. Elizabeth was a pioneering mid eighteenth-century herbalist and this herb garden is planted in 4 sections, each planted withherbs that were described by Elizabeth to be used for the treatment of different parts of the body: Head, Chest, Skin and Digestion.
And finally, because Gemma taunts me with amazing recipes every week, here's some of the cakes from the tearoom...
This is an undiscovered gem of a house and gardens in Hampshire which I cannot recommend enough. Can you believe entry is £7 - and that gives you unlimited entry for the rest of the year? Visit and enjoy people, visit and enjoy!