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Merton House

This Cambridgeshire garden, situated in the Famous Village of Grantchester, has been home to four generations of Burkitts for a century and has evolved over this time.


GAP Photos/Zara Napier - Owners: Francis and Jo Burkitt

Feature No:   4582 

Qty of Images:    90 


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Francis and Jo Burkitt live in this wonderful house with their three children, only a mile’s walk from the centre of Cambridge across the famous Grantchester Meadows. Francis’ Grandfather was a Professor at Cambridge University when he bought Merton House in the early 1900’s. It is hard to believe when you are walking in the five acre garden that you can hop on a bike and be in the centre of Cambridge in a matter of minutes as it is an oasis of peace. Jo and Francis inherited some amazing trees including the Copper Beech planted in celebration of the births of Francis’ father and his family. They have worked hard to create borders full of roses and yew pyramids giving height and structure in the winter. Peonies are also a big feature in June giving a burst of colour after the irises have begun to fade. A plant that Jo is particularly fond of is Dictamnus albus Albiflorus, the ‘Burning Bush Plant’, it suddenly appeared when they cleared an area of the garden. It gives of a strong lemon scent that ignites when a match is held near to the leaves and seed pods. It is a garden full of fun with its maze and vistas leading to carefully placed seats and statues. There is a vegetable garden which leads to an orchard and meadow; a pleached lime walk planted by Francis and Jo who have created and planted many of the borders in the garden. Metal structures are made by a local craftsman including the honeysuckle supports which help to give height in the garden. It is a perfect way to make the most of the honeysuckle’s heady scent. The Burkitts are very supportive locally, they even host croquet evenings in the garden for the ‘Grantchester After Eights’ - An idyllic setting for croquet in a very English village.



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