DescriptionThe design of Barton St. Mary was governed by the existence of a walled kitchen garden which was retained and given one of Miss Jekyll’s finest schemes for flower edges to the vegetable plots. Though the garden now exists as a shadow of its former self, the surviving planting plans are remarkably complete. The triple avenue of trees between the house and road consist of a grand selection of dessert and cooking apples, pears, medlars and quinces. The entrance drive was bordered with rectangular beds of shrubs, rosa lucida, cassia, weigela, scotch briar, forsythia, laurel, broom and golden privet. The dry stone walls of the gravel entrance court were hung with ferns, pinks, valerian, catmint, aubretias, columbines and candytuft. To the South and East of the house there was wild planting of holly, rambling roses, amelanchier, rhododendrons, perfumed yellow azalea pontica, with groups of white broom, arbutus and water elder in the damp patches. In kitchen gardens vegetables and flowers were always divided by espaliers of apples and pears. Flower borders taking a quarter of the width of the plot would be at their best in high or late summer (her own vegetable garden at Munstead Wood was trimmed with great sweeps of Michaelmas daisies), but Barton St. Mary’s has an edging of santolina, white pinks and dicentra eximia (white) with African marigolds, snap dragons, coreopsis and lychnis chalcedonica backed by delphiniums, hollyhocks and rudbeckia (Golden Glow). (Amery et al., 1981, cat no. 147)
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ClientSir G Munro Miller