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Yeo Valley Organic Garden

This garden on the edge of the Mendips with views of Blagdon Lake is an exuberant celebration of plants, where strong design and imaginative planting are underpinned by a philosophy that puts soil and the environment first without sacrificing aesthetics.


Season:
Summer


Location:
Somerset, UK


Credits:
GAP Photos/Carole Drake - Design: Sarah Mead


Feature No:   4276 

Qty of Images:    72 

 



 
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Synopsis
If your image of organic gardening features bits of old carpet, piles of tyres and hair-shirts then a visit to the Yeo Valley Organic Garden in North Somerset will change your mind. This 6.5 acre garden on the edge of the Mendips with views across Blagdon Lake is an exuberant celebration of plants, where strong design and imaginative planting are underpinned by a philosophy that puts soil and the environment first without sacrificing aesthetics. And there's not a label or hectoring notice in sight. As the farm was reconfigured to accommodate the growing dairy business the "farm buildings that blocked the view of the lake were demolished and we were then able to make sense of the garden wrapping around the farmhouse until it had reached its natural size". Nowadays a sequence of garden rooms defined by beech hedges leads visitors from the car park toward the wide open spaces of meadows and gravel garden to the west of the farmhouse. The garden café, a former cow shed, overlooks a decorative vegetable garden where ornamentals and edibles mix, full of catmint and marigolds to encourage pollinators, and punctuated by bold wigwams of hazel and willow, and quirky plant-inspired metalwork by blacksmith James Blunt. In summer spreading mounds of violet, magenta, blue and purple in the form of hardy geraniums, Verbena bonariensis, Lychnis coronaria, Veronicastrum virginicum 'Fascination' and Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant' swell around the repeated exclamation marks of upright yellow flowered Verbascum olympicum. There are accents of orange from day lilies, lemon yellow from Achillea 'Moonshine' and a dark russet clump of Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker' beside the pond fringed with bulrushes, Carex pendula and dierama, the angel's fishing rod. Formerly a paddock for the family's horses the gravel garden is now a dense mosaic of plants designed to create a tapestry of colour when viewed from the terrace and first floor balcony of the house and edged on one side by a long raised border.

 

 

 
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