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'.