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East Lambrook Manor in February

Somerset garden of the renowned writer and gardener Margery Fish, full of snowdrops and flowering, scented shrubs in February, showing just how beautiful and full of incident, a garden in late winter can be.


GAP Photos/Carole Drake

Feature No:   4907 

Qty of Images:    93 


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Created in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, and now cared for by Mike and Gail Werkmeister with long term head gardener Mark Stainer. Known as the home of English cottage gardening, Margery Fish moved to East Lambrook with husband Walter, former editor of the Daily Mail, in 1938. Walter died in 1949 leaving Margery to develop the garden as she wanted, with plants growing everywhere, out of walls, between paving stones, through every nook and cranny. She was a great advocate of ground cover planting, squeezing out weeds by leaving as little soil bare as possible, and a champion of old fashioned cottage garden plants. Throughout the garden rarities rub shoulders with the commonplace, for instance unusual Iris tuberosa, the widow iris, grows here alongside Iris foetidissma, the stinking iris which is common in the surrounding countryside. Snowdrops were a passion for Margery and the garden hosts a Festival of Snowdrops in February.



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