April 17, 2014

Harlow walled gardens











Last weekend, we took a stroll around the walled gardens at Harlow Museum.

The museum and walled gardens are located in the former Mark Hall stables, linked to the Mark Hall Manor House. In the mid 1500s the manor house was owned by James Altham, the Sheriff of London and later Essex. The house was visited by Queen Elizabeth I on three occasions during her reign. The garden was originally used as the kitchen garden, providing food for the residents.

Walled gardens are my favourite type to visit. I love the structured planting, so often enclosed by box hedges and the climbing flowers and fruits around the edges. Many of the flowers were yet to emerge, but we found some pretty flowering rosemary, young figs and plenty of magnolia trees.

Joining in with Annie's 'how does your garden grow'.

24 comments:

  1. So poetic! Everything is pretty romantic to look at =) #HDYGG

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    1. it was such a lovely place to wander around!

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  2. Love love love! Walled gardens really are magical places. I've a tall, very old wall at the front of my garden and though it doesn't go all the way round I do keep thinking I should be making more of a feature of it. Totally being sucked in by wanting to make a Potager garden this week - love walled ones too.
    The pale pink flowers are so pretty - it already looks great - image it in the height of summer! I must try
    to get along in the Summer hols, I can see we'll have to try a series of meet ups over the country in the Summer hols :)
    Thanks for joining in again - hope your weekend was good x

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    1. ooh, I'd love a feature wall in my garden… I love the idea of growing fruit up and out along it!! yes to a meet up, that would be lovely! x

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  3. oh i just want to get my clippers out and snip at that box hedge, my rosemary is also in bloom such delicate blue flowers, so nice to see such a formal garden #hdygg

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  4. Gorgeous - I adore walled gardens - there's something very special about them.

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    1. thank you! yes, I agree, they always seem to have a lovely feel x

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  5. what a beautiful place to visit and what beautiful pictures you took Charnaine. but then again, you always take beautiful pictures

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  6. I love walled gardens, too. I so want one!

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  7. What a beautiful place - I adore walled gardens and your photographs are exquisite x

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  8. It's great to see a bit of history alive and growing and so neat. #hdygg

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    1. yes, I always find it fascinating to take a wander around these places and delve a bit deeper into the history! x

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  9. Wow,what a gorgeous place! As an Essex girl I never knew this garden existed. It looks fab xxx

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    1. yes, and it's free! honestly I only noticed it because I drive past it to the gym… I'll be going often now though! x

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  10. We have a walled garden where I live and it needs some updating sadly but this one looks great. Mich x #HDYGG

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  11. I do love walled gardens, they always seem to have such a romantic, secret feel about them, even when they're full of food crops! These are beautiful images.

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  12. lovely images - glad that you managed to get out within the '3 hour puppy slot'!

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  13. Such beautiful images! Walled gardens are a favourite here too. But last weekend I was at Levens Hall in Cumbria admiring the topiary, in the rain.

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  14. Gorgeous images of a beautiful walled garden ... I love them too .. Bee xx

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  15. Lovely photos. I also love a walled garden, they are so sheltered and warm, and the orderliness of the planting appeals to me. When I win the lottery my Sussex farmhouse will have a walled garden, of course.. ;-) x

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