Thursday, 19 May 2016

Rhodies in Lydney

Lydney Spring Garden is part of the Lydney Park Estate. The Estate is situated to the rear of Taurus in Lydney which is between Gloucester and Chepstow in the Forest of Dean.

Some of the original formal gardens at Lydney Park were cleared to grow potatoes during the Second World War.  As a result in the 1950's, a paved terrace, two fountain pools, hedges and lawns were created into the garden together with a major replanting programme containing cherries, magnolias, scented spring flowering shrubs and drifts of spring bulbs provide a stunning entrance to Lydney Park Gardens.

The Spring Garden was ablaze with azaleas and rhododendron.

High above the garden lie the remains of a Roman bath and temple. Excavation on the Lydney Park Estate in 1805 also exposed evidence of settlements dating back to 100BC, a Norman castle and extensive ruins of a Roman Camp including a Roman Temple.

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