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Hergest Croft

One of the country’s finest private collections of rare trees and shrubs, the gardens and arboretum of Hergest Croft spread across 70 acres of land in the Welsh Marches, just outside the market town of Kington in Herefordshire.


GAP Photos/Carole Drake

Feature No:   4878 

Qty of Images:    44 


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Home to the Banks family for five generations, in autumn the grounds light up with changing leaf colour from acers, euonymus and cercis, as well as rarities such as Neoshirakia japonica, grown from seed by long-serving head gardener Stephen Lloyd in the 1980s, and a fine collection of sorbuses are decked with berries in white, orange, red and pink. The garden has several National Collections including maples, birches and zelkovas. Around the house there are more formal areas including a fine parterre of clipped Lonicera nitida and a number of varieties of box, designed by Elizabeth Banks, landscape architect and former president of the RHS. A border of bedding flowers into autumn, bursting with dahlias and salvias, bordered with an edging of Liriope muscari. An inspirational place of great beauty and an important part of the history of British horticulture.



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