St Paul's Walden Bury SG4 8BP
Celebrated Landscape Garden
5 miles south of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, on B651
A celebrated Grade I listed landscape garden, laid out in the early 18th century, covering about 50 acres. Long avenues lead to temples, statues, lake and ponds. Childhood home of the Queen Mother. Flower gardens bloom in spring and summer, with beautiful displays of magnolias, rhododendrons, irises, lilies. Wild flowers are encouraged, especially cowslips, bluebells, spotted orchids. The surrounding St Paul's Walden Bury Estate, with its arable and livestock farm and its ancient woodland, is a traditional country estate set in the heart of the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside.
The front of the house dates from 1720, notable for its charming plaster work decoration. There is a substantial Victorian addition to the back.
The house and garden can be visited by appointment, £15.00, Garden only £7.50. Suggest dates and times you would like to visit. Email email@example.com
Wedding Venue . There is a licence for Civil Ceremonies, in the house or in one of the temples in the garden. The garden can also be hired for wedding receptions or similar events. See link to Wedding Venues on the left. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Vacancy for Gardener See link on left. Work includes landscape development; shrub, herbaceous and bulb establishment; grounds maintenance; hedgecutting; coppicing, machinery maintenance and building repair work in winter months. Tractor driver essential but will consider learner. Salary dependent on age and experience. Training available and day release possible. Must be enthusiastic about gardening. Apply with details of any experience to email@example.com
2015 publications:The Private Gardens of England, edited Tania Compton, published by Constable
Die Geheimen Gärten von England, by H Howcroft, published DVA
The garden features in Country Life, 25 March 2015
To St Pauls Walden Bury … to wander round one of England’s most romantic gardens. The oaks and ashes are joyfully green against an azure sky. Every plant is in improbable perfection; towering forest trees, magnolias in the infant innocence of pale flowers, rhododendrons of every hue, billowing white clouds of Siberian malus, ivory flowered dogwoods and wild service trees the size of oaks. But this is a woodland garden disciplined by calm grass rides, arrow straight, turning your steps towards a statue, a pavilion, a grassy theatre overlooking a simple fountain. At one moment lilies distract you, at another the perfume of azaleas: all the spring garden pleasures are there, all the more intense for the calming effect of geometry and proportion, measured out in straight beech hedges.
Hugh Johnson, Hortus journal, Tradescant’s Diary, 10 June 2013