Ascott House Gardens, Buckinghamshire, UK | National Trust garde


Ascott House Gardens, Buckinghamshire, UK: The attractive gardens at Ascott House, a UK National Trust property in Buckinghamshire, England have an extensive mixture of formal, informal and natural garden features.

A visit to Ascott House provides a lot of variety and different types of garden environment. It is particularly impressive in spring time with massed plantings of spring bulbs as far as the eye can see. The wide herbaceous borders in summer are excellent too and all year interest is provided by the land art in the Lynn garden.

Details Features range from fields of daffodils, narcissi and fritillaries beneath mature trees in spring; flowering meadows of tulips and spring bulbs; traditional English herbaceous borders with stunning planting in high summer; colorful bedding plant schemes surrounding impressive and grand fountains (such as the Venus and Cupid / Eros fountains by the famous American sculptor Thomas Waldo Story); a picturesque lily pond and thatched summerhouse; neatly clipped yew hedges and even a topiary sundial.

A relatively new feature of the garden is an innovative area devoted to ‘land art’ or ‘earth sculpture’ where mounds of earth and ditches (echoing the earth works of Iron Age Britain on the nearby Chiltern Hills) are planted with grasses, ornamental trees and combined with tasteful water features. The many shades of green are soothing to the eye and give this part of the garden (called the Lynn Garden) a very tranquil atmosphere.

Location: Ascot House, Wing, near Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire, LU7 0PS, UK

UK OSGB Map Reference: OS165:SP891230

Links: A brief description of the house and gardens, together with opening details, is given on the National Trust, Ascott House website.

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