Peaceful country garden ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’. Wide, informal mixed borders include narcissi, camassia, shrub roses and perennials. Two landscaped meadows and shepherd’s hut with fine pastoral views. Large lily pond sheltered by silver birch. Griffin Glasshouse nearby. Curvilinear design links themed planting areas. Espalier apples enclose parterre with standard weeping roses and lavender.
Secluded gravel garden and views over rolling Essex countryside. Stout shoes or wellies recommended in March.
Sunday 25 March (1 - 4pm). Admission £4.50, children free. Home-made teas.
Visitors also welcome by arrangement March to July groups of 10+. Please enquire about price when booking. Home-made teas.
This garden also opens as part of Langley Village Gardens on Sunday 27 May.
Susan & Doug Copeland
How to find us
Wickets, Langley Upper Green, Essex, CB11 4RY
7m W of Saffron Walden, 10m N of Bishops Stortford. At Newport take B1038 After 3m turn R at Clavering, signed Langley. Upper Green is 3m further on. At cricket green turn R. House 200m on R.
More about Wickets
Wickets has many relaxing seating areas. Sit under an ancient apple tree on the Glenbervie seat and admire the rustic rose . Linger in the gravel garden hidden behind shimmering stipas. Rest on one of the benches by the lily pond with thousands of bulbs and wild flowers in the margins. Why not stand for a while on the ‘Monet’ bridge and savour the sight of the water lilies? Sit under the flowering cherry tree in the Driftwood Garden festooned with rambling roses. Enjoy a quiet moment on the stone bench by the Darcey Bussell border or pop into the summerhouse and feast your eyes on the beautiful shrub roses in the Glade and Ali Baba borders. A small intimate table and chairs await those wishing to sit in the Courtyard listening to the sound of water from the lead fountain or from ‘Rosie Lee’ standing demurely among spring and summer bulbs. Nearby is Grandad’s bench under a wisteria arch. From here visitors can see the curving lawn areas and wide mixed borders. Open one of the wicket gates and tuck yourself away for a quiet moment in the cool, vine and rose covered pergola where Hermes the statue will keep you company . Wander through the Silver Birch avenue and along the nut walk to the rose covered chicken run. Rest a while on ‘Teletubby Hill' where another bench beckons; the perfect place to take in rolling Essex countryside. Walk through to 'Bessie's End' and sit in the parterre which features bulbs, roses, perennials, herbs and wild flowers enclosed by espalier apples. Finally, why not take in the views from the shepherd's hut 'Far from the Madding Crowd'?
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