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Ascott

Leighton Buzzard

Combining Victorian formality with early C20 natural style and recent plantings to lead it into the C21, with a recently completed garden designed by Jacques and Peter Wirtz who designed the gardens at Alnwick Castle, and also a Richard Long sculpture. Terraced lawns with specimen and ornamental trees, panoramic views to the Chilterns. Naturalised bulbs, mirror image herbaceous borders, and impressive topiary incl box and yew sundial. Ascott House is closed on NGS Days.
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    The 30 acre garden at Ascott depicts Victorian gardening at its very best. It was originally laid out by Sir Harry Veitch and had been overlaid with designs and plantings by Arabella Lennox Boyd. The garden is noted for its collection of mature, specimen trees set in rolling lawns. The wide lawns slope away to give magnificent views across the Vale of Aylesbury. The topiary includes an evergreen sundial with a yew gnomon and the inscription ‘Light and shade by turn, but love always’ in golden yew. More topiary has been added to the garden in recent years in the form of the Planet Garden and there are new plantings of magnolias. The fountain in the Dutch Garden is the focal point of the garden and comprises two marble tiers surmounted by a bronze figure of Cupid, the figure has also been identified as Mercury. The Venus fountain forms the centrepoint of the Venus garden and depicts the birth of Venus or Aphrodite. Both fountains were designed by Thomas Waldo Story. The garden at Ascott contains something to interest visitors throughout the year. From the massed display of daffodils in the spring, to the flowering of the magnolias, and the colour and spectacle of the bedding plants in the Dutch Garden. In addition there is the Madeira Walk with plants in shades of blue changing through the season and in the autumn there is a magnificent display of colour as the trees change to their autumnal foliage.

    NT members are required to pay to enter the gardens on NGS days. Ascott House is closed on NGS Days.

    Ascott opened the Pavilion Tea Room in 2015 serving tea, coffee, cold drinks and a selection of cakes, pastries and cookies.

For other opening times and information, please phone, email or visit garden website.

Ascott- 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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  • Cancelled opening

NT members are required to pay to enter the gardens on NGS days.

Owner Information

The National Trust
01296 688242
amy@ascottestate.co.uk
http://www.ascottestate.co.uk

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Ascott
Ascott
Wing
Leighton Buzzard
Buckinghamshire
LU7 0PP

2m SW of Leighton Buzzard, 8m NE of Aylesbury.
Accessibility information

Outdoor wheelchairs available from car park. Mobility buggy, prior booking advised.

More about Ascott

The 30 acre garden at Ascott depicts Victorian gardening at its very best. It was originally laid out by Sir Harry Veitch and had been overlaid with designs and plantings by Arabella Lennox Boyd. The garden is noted for its collection of mature, specimen trees set in rolling lawns. The wide lawns slope away to give magnificent views across the Vale of Aylesbury. The topiary includes an evergreen sundial with a yew gnomon and the inscription ‘Light and shade by turn, but love always’ in golden yew. More topiary has been added to the garden in recent years in the form of the Planet Garden and there are new plantings of magnolias. The fountain in the Dutch Garden is the focal point of the garden and comprises two marble tiers surmounted by a bronze figure of Cupid, the figure has also been identified as Mercury. The Venus fountain forms the centrepoint of the Venus garden and depicts the birth of Venus or Aphrodite. Both fountains were designed by Thomas Waldo Story. The garden at Ascott contains something to interest visitors throughout the year. From the massed display of daffodils in the spring, to the flowering of the magnolias, and the colour and spectacle of the bedding plants in the Dutch Garden. In addition there is the Madeira Walk with plants in shades of blue changing through the season and in the autumn there is a magnificent display of colour as the trees change to their autumnal foliage.

NT members are required to pay to enter the gardens on NGS days. Ascott House is closed on NGS Days.

Ascott opened the Pavilion Tea Room in 2015 serving tea, coffee, cold drinks and a selection of cakes, pastries and cookies.

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