Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Little Malvern Court, Malvern and Yeo Farm

Little Malvern Court

This is a C15 priors hall nestling in the foothills of the Malverns. The 14th century Prior’s Hall – once attached to the 12th century Benedictine Priory, with its tower dominating the views, is open to visitors. Little Malvern Court has been splendidly restored by the late Tom and Olguita Berington in the 1960’s.


Attached to a former Benedictine Priory this 10 acre site has magnificent views over the Severn valley. The garden rooms and terrace around the house were designed and planted in early 1980s and contain a chain of lakes, wide variety of spring bulbs, flowering trees and shrubs and a collection of old-fashioned roses. Topiary hedge and fine trees abound.



‘Tis well dressing time in the Malverns.


even Holst got in on the act

The views from the Malvern escarpment are stunning.


The Yeo Valley Organic Garden at Holt Farm

One of only a handful of ornamental gardens in Britain to be certified organic by The Soil Association. It’s the work of Sarah Mead and her team who have spent the last 18 years turning six and a half acres of land into a beautifully diverse, seasonal patchwork of ornamental and edible planting areas. The more informal parts of the garden are designed to give a relaxed contemporary feel and include a perennial meadow, a birch grove and streamside garden.


Contemporary planting, includes bulbs in their thousands, purple palace, glorious meadow and posh vegetable patch. There’s also quirky sculptures and a viewing platform. 

At this time of year the woodland is carpeted with wood anemones, primroses and bluebells with thousands of tulips around the rest of the garden. Late spring sees the cammasias in the meadow and the flowering of the tea crab avenue. The “heart” of the garden is the compost yard where they make their own organic compost.


Grasses are used extensively to reflect the surrounding landscape and link the garden to the Mendip to the south and to Blagdon Lake to the north.

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