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St. Paul's Walden Bury

St. Paul's Walden Bury



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St. Paul's Walden Bury -- Hertfordshire
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St. Paul's Walden Bury
Last Update*  05-01-2015

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 Opening Days and Hours

Open 2015 for Charity on Sundays 26th April, 17th May, 7th June, 2pm to 7pm
Other days by appointment.

Parties / Coaches: Yes
Groups / Coaches need Appointment: Yes

House Open for Viewing: Yes

National Garden Scheme days: Yes
As above
Best Times of Year to Visit:
April - June
To see:
daffodils, irises, magnolias, rhododendrons, woodland paeonies and lilies growing naturally
 Admission Prices
Adult 5; Child 1.
7.50 garden, 15 house and garden if by appointment
 Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Shop: No
Plants for Sale: No
Lunches: No
Teas: Yes
Light Refreshment: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Special Events: No
Other Facilities & Comments:
Disabled Access to part of the garden
Disabled information plus mobility and walking aids
 Garden Features & Events
18th century temples and statues, open air theatre, lake and ponds.
Childhood home of the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
Performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor in July, see website for details
English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade: I
National Collection:
 Description of Garden
Designer: Edward Gilbert (1720-30); Geoffrey Jellicoe 1930-40
This 18th century Grade I listed formal woodland garden, covering about 60 acres, was much influenced by French tastes, and is one of the few surviving examples of gardens of this genre. It is based on a patte d'oie (goose foot) design with long rides lined with clipped beech hedges leading to temples and statues. The temple by the lake was designed by William Chambers.

The formal garden is complemented by seasonal displays of snowdrops, daffodils, irises, magnolias, rhododendrons, woodland paeonies and lilies growing naturally. Many of the rhododendron species from the Himalayas and SW China. make a spectacular sight in a good flowering year. Wild flowers are encouraged: banks of cowslips above the lake and bluebells in the woods make a good show, and spotted orchids thrive. They are allowed to seed before the grass in which they grow is cut, so there is a natural look in some parts of the garden in early summer.
 History of Garden
The gardens were designed by the owner Edward Gilbert, in 1720 - 1730, based on formal French patte d'oie (goose foot) design, Gilbert's grand-daughter, Mary Eleanor Bowes married John Lyon, Earl of Strathmore, and the house and garden still belong to the Bowes Lyon family. It was the childhood home of the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. The original garden design remains the same, as hedges and avenues have been replanted in the same positions as before. More recent additions do not intrude on the original design, and the woodland garden developed since 1950, has, amongst other plants, many rhododendrons and magnolia.
 Nearby Hertfordshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:
Rose Cottage, Whitwell
Brocket Arms, Ayot St Lawrence
The Priory, Hitchin
Redcoats, St Ippolytts
The Rusty Gun, St Ippolytts;
Brocket Arms, Ayot St Lawrence;
Redcoats, St Ippolytts
Inns & Pubs:
The Bull, Whitwell
Maiden's Head, Whitwell
Strathmore Arms, St Pauls Walden
Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:
St Pauls Walden church; attractive small market town of Hitchin, 5, miles away.
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