Sudeley Victorian Kitchen Garden , GB GL54 5JD Winchcombe, Gloucestershire ( last change : 14.03.2011 15:12:14 )

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Sudeley Victorian Kitchen Garden
GB- GL54 5JD Winchcombe, Gloucestershire
Phone : +44 (0)1242 602 308    
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The present Sudeley castle was built in the 15th and 16th centuries, nearly destroyed in the 1640s, left to fall down for the whole of the 18th century and finally rescued in 1837. The rescuers were the Dent brothers, and their ancestors have been restoring this English castle and gardens ever since. Many ruins remain though. Most notably, the Banqueting Hall Ruins, an atmospheric backdrop for Sudeley´s ten small connecting gardens. These include a parterre, a secret garden, a white garden, a knot garden, and a Victorian kitchen garden as well as the Hall itself, which has been sympathetically planted with alpine plants, climbing Roses and Clematis. All the gardens are organic.

Although the massive ruins give a romantic cast to all these gardens, many have a modern edge too. In the secret garden, this is by way of the contemporary Mediterranean garden design. Here the designer, Charles Chesshire, has used half-hardy Mediterranean plants, which benefit from the shelter of the garden walls, to startling effect. In July, soft Allium seed heads contrast with the striking yellow spires of Foxtail Lilies. Other Mediterranean plants are used to draw out the flowering season from spring to early winter
Behind the Mediterranean garden, Sudeley´s Victorian Kitchen Garden also breaks new ground, combining Victorian taste, organic know-how and rarely seen heritage vegetables. This scaled-down version of Sudeley´s original three-acre kitchen garden was created in partnership with Garden Organic, Europe´s largest organic charity.

The Pheasantry at Sudeley houses a collection of 15 rare and endangered species of pheasants from around the world. Working closely with the World Pheasant Association, Sudeley is developing a programme of breeding and conservation for these beautiful and gloriously coloured birds.

Opening hours :
from Jun to Aug and holidays, 10.30 am to 5pm; every day. For rest of year opens from Sun to Thur

Admission price :
adult £7.20; child £4.20



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