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!)
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!