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Forest Lodge

Pen Selwood

3 acre mature garden with many camellias and rhododendrons in May. Lovely views towards Blackmore Vale. Part formal with pleached hornbeam allée and rill, part water garden with lake. Wonderful roses in June. Unusual spring flowering trees such as Davidia involucrata, many beautiful cornus. Interesting garden sculpture.
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    A garden for all seasons. Created on the same spit of greensand as Stourhead, we are lucky in that many rare plants and flowering trees enjoy the soil and weather. We are blessed with the 'S''s - Sunny, South Facing and Sloping so that the garden can be viewed from above and below and the drama of the terraces can be enjoyed. Around the house,there are more formal beds and a beautiful orchard leads you through to a peaceful hornbeam allee with an obelisk. The lake is surrounded with dramatic planting of gunnera and other large leaved species as well as flowering trees such as corylopsis spicata, hammamelis and cornus. In the winter there are wonderful camellias and rhododendrons and in the summer, hydrangeas of all types. Under the lake a microclimate of early flowering bulbs and bluebells emerge from a carpet of wild garlic. Even at quiet times of the year, such as August there are wonderful trees flowering such as Eucryphia and Hoheria.

Forest Lodge- Canceled

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On this day, this garden is open by arrangement, which means that you will have to contact the owner to arrange visits for groups.

Pre-booking essential, please go to our events page to book your tickets.

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  • Regular opening
  • Open by arrangement only
  • Cancelled opening

This garden also makes a donation to Heads Up Wells, Balsam Centre Wincanton.

Owner Information

Mr & Mrs James Nelson
07974 701427
lucillanelson@gmail.com

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How to find us

Forest Lodge
Pen Selwood
Somerset
BA9 8LL

1½m N of A303, 3m E of Wincanton.
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    Leave A303 at B3081 (Wincanton to Gillingham rd), up hill to Pen Selwood, L towards church. ½m, garden on L - low curved wall and sign saying Forest Lodge Stud.
Accessibility information

Wheelchair access to front garden only, however much of garden viewable from there.

More about Forest Lodge

A garden for all seasons. Created on the same spit of greensand as Stourhead, we are lucky in that many rare plants and flowering trees enjoy the soil and weather. We are blessed with the 'S''s - Sunny, South Facing and Sloping so that the garden can be viewed from above and below and the drama of the terraces can be enjoyed. Around the house,there are more formal beds and a beautiful orchard leads you through to a peaceful hornbeam allee with an obelisk. The lake is surrounded with dramatic planting of gunnera and other large leaved species as well as flowering trees such as corylopsis spicata, hammamelis and cornus. In the winter there are wonderful camellias and rhododendrons and in the summer, hydrangeas of all types. Under the lake a microclimate of early flowering bulbs and bluebells emerge from a carpet of wild garlic. Even at quiet times of the year, such as August there are wonderful trees flowering such as Eucryphia and Hoheria.

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