Large Lawns and Herbaceous Borders
The garden at Manor Farm began in 1988 by planting the boundary Hawthorn hedge. It continues to evolve in harmony with it's surroundings.
Different areas have been designed and filled with shrub and perennial plants, many unusual as well as indigenous specimens which thrive on thin chalkland, and cope with severe frosts. Structures and sculptures have found subtle positions creating form and intrigue.
In 1989 the main herbaceous borders were dug out by hand with a strong spade! They are crammed full of plants, and are constantly being 'managed' to allow new gems a little spot to grow. Eryngiums, Codonopsis, Geraniums, Astrantias, Verbascums, Salvias, Veronicastratum, Dianthus, Baptisia Australis, to name a few, are all worthy of a spot to live behind the curves and pristine edges of the borders.
The mower, which would deserve a place in a museum, is an antique Atco twin cylinder ride on machine, that admirably mows the lawn into perfect wide stripes.