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Doddington Hall in Late Spring

Unlike many Elizabethan gardens, swept away in favour of the naturalistic landscape parks of the eighteenth century, the grounds of Doddington Hall, west of Lincoln, have changed remarkably little since they were laid out around 1600.


Season:
Spring


Credits:
GAP Photos/Carole Drake - Doddington Hall


Feature No:   5009 

Qty of Images:    87 

 



 
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Synopsis
Mellow brick walls contemporary with the house divide its seven acres into an orderly patchwork much as depicted in a print by Johannes Kip from 1707 because although the interior of the house was remodelled in 1760 the exterior was left intact. Nowadays the clipped box and neat lawns that frame the house give way to a bosky Wild Garden lit up by a glorious succession of naturalised bulbs across many months of the year. In late May the parterre in the West Garden is full of bearded irises, and the kitchen garden hosts a display of Dodsworth irises, bred by Brian Dodsworth, the most successful of all British iris hybridisers. One of the garden's ancient sweet chestnuts has been chosen as part of the Queen's Green Canopy to mark her Platinum Jubilee. This extraordinary tree is thought to be over 450 years old. An atmospheric and beautiful historic English country garden.

 

 

 
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