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Bishop's Palace Garden - Wells

14 acres of beautiful gardens set within ancient ruins and ringed by a tranquil moat, the Bishop's Palace garden has been at the heart of the small Somerset town of Wells for centuries, shaped by a succession of bishops.


GAP Photos/Carole Drake

Feature No:   3812 

Qty of Images:    56 


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Recently Bishop Peter Price instigated the creation of the Garden of Reflection, a contemporary space containing a 3m high poustinia, a simple spiral enclosure designed for contemplation, surrounded by a flowery meadow of white stemmed birches. Head Gardener James Cross and his team have regenerated the garden over the past decade with a programme of replanting. In late summer beds of 'bishop dahlias' take pride of place in the formal East Garden, alongside the St Andrew's Cross borders, designed to reflect window shapes in the adjacent building. Euonymus 'Green Spire' is used as an alternative to box hedging. There are ancient trees too, plus areas of moisture loving plants such as rheums, lobelias, hostas and astilbes that revel in the spring waters that bubble up through the ground and give the town its name. Lots of contemporary planting in a place that oozes history through every pore; a great combination.



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