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Iford Manor

An extremely distinctive garden, a ‘little Italy’ in England, and a great influence on subsequent designers.


GAP Photos/Carole Drake

Feature No:   4661 

Qty of Images:    54 


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Set on the side of a steep valley above the River Frome near Bradford-on-Avon, this extraordinary garden was the creation and home of the architect and landscape designer Harold Peto who lived here from 1899 to 1933. The theme is Italianate with planting including cypresses, juniper, box and yew creating a setting for a huge collection of classical fragments Peto brought back from Italy on his many visits, incorporated into fountains and a cloister-like building. In summer the border along the Great Terrace is full of colour, and roses and clematis snake around balustrading and columns. William Cartwright-Hignett has taken over the running of the garden from his parents who rescued the garden from years of neglect. He and his wife Marianne have drafted in head gardener Troy Scott-Smith who plans to reinvigorate the planting according to Peto’s Mediterranean ideals.



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