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Henley Mill

Wookey

Beside River Axe, with a zigzag boardwalk at river level, lies 2½ acres of scented garden with roses, hydrangea borders, shady folly garden and late summer borders with grasses and perennials. Kitchen and cutting garden. Deck overhangs mill leat and looks down onto gunneras, Siberian iris and miscanthus.
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    The 2½-acre garden has been developed over the last 29 years around the River Axe which runs under the house and through the property. Immediately behind the house the warm sheltered borders are arranged formally with roses and scented plants. In June, from a neighbouring ash, Rosa ‘Paul’s Himalayan Musk’ overhangs the garden in a pale pink waterfall. Through a yew rondel is an open area of lawn bordered by a ‘hot’ border, melding into modern planting using perennials and grasses. Beyond the lawn, behind a yew hedge, lies a wild area of native English daffodils, fritillaries, and cowslips in spring.
    A deck overhangs the mill leat and looks down onto Gunneras, Siberian Iris and Miscanthus 'Morning Light' growing in the river-damp area below. Here a zig-zag boardwalk leads the brave and adventurous to a platform over the river.
    The bridge over the mill race leads to another yew hedge that is punctuated by a moon window. Under the weeping Ash is the entrance to a secret garden containing one or two enigmatic features including a 'lady in a bath' of disarrayed grasses. Crossing another bridge over the river takes the visitor to the enclosed vegetable and cutting garden. Running alongside are two parallel borders that are home to a collection of Hydrangea macrophylla sheltered by pleached hornbeam, terminating in another rondel. Next to these borders is a small orchard area also surrounded by pleached hornbeam. The area beyond has been planted with birches to shelter our collection of Hydrangea serrata, which our on-site specialist nursery, Mill Cottage Plants sells alongside many of the plants seen in the garden: perennials, ferns, and some of the new Epimediums featured in 'The Plant Lover's Guide to Epimediums'.

Features and Attractions

Wild area of native English daffodils, fritillaries and cowslips in spring. Rare Japanese hydrangeas and new Chinese epimediums. We hold a collection of Benton bearded irises by Cedric Morris, some may well be in flower in May/June. Plants, as seen in the garden, are on sale.

Press and Media Coverage

Featured in Country Living, regional press and on radio.

Henley Mill- Canceled

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Owner Information

Peter & Sally Gregson
01749 676966
millcottageplants@gmail.com
http://www.millcottageplants.co.uk

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How to find us

Henley Mill
Henley Lane
Wookey
Somerset
BA5 1AW

2m W of Wells, off A371 towards Cheddar.
  • More detailed directions
    Turn L into Henley Lane, 50 yds turn L through stone pillars, continue to end of drive. Henley Mill is on R of building, garden visitor entry through garage doors, car sharing advised.
Accessibility information

Garden is on 1 level but paths can get a bit muddy after heavy rain.

More about Henley Mill

The 2½-acre garden has been developed over the last 29 years around the River Axe which runs under the house and through the property. Immediately behind the house the warm sheltered borders are arranged formally with roses and scented plants. In June, from a neighbouring ash, Rosa ‘Paul’s Himalayan Musk’ overhangs the garden in a pale pink waterfall. Through a yew rondel is an open area of lawn bordered by a ‘hot’ border, melding into modern planting using perennials and grasses. Beyond the lawn, behind a yew hedge, lies a wild area of native English daffodils, fritillaries, and cowslips in spring.
A deck overhangs the mill leat and looks down onto Gunneras, Siberian Iris and Miscanthus 'Morning Light' growing in the river-damp area below. Here a zig-zag boardwalk leads the brave and adventurous to a platform over the river.
The bridge over the mill race leads to another yew hedge that is punctuated by a moon window. Under the weeping Ash is the entrance to a secret garden containing one or two enigmatic features including a 'lady in a bath' of disarrayed grasses. Crossing another bridge over the river takes the visitor to the enclosed vegetable and cutting garden. Running alongside are two parallel borders that are home to a collection of Hydrangea macrophylla sheltered by pleached hornbeam, terminating in another rondel. Next to these borders is a small orchard area also surrounded by pleached hornbeam. The area beyond has been planted with birches to shelter our collection of Hydrangea serrata, which our on-site specialist nursery, Mill Cottage Plants sells alongside many of the plants seen in the garden: perennials, ferns, and some of the new Epimediums featured in 'The Plant Lover's Guide to Epimediums'.

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