My dear friend, Annie Kendrick, just gave me this delightful and completely enthralling book, aptly titled The Garden Book, for me to research some of the gardens on my upcoming trip.... and in addition to Gravetye Manor and Barnesly House noted in this book, I found another garden that is on our schedule, Rodmarton House and Garden.
This will be a stop on our way from Gravetye in Sussex, to the Cotswolds, and is nestled in the little town of Cirencester, Gloucestershire. It is notable as the creation of the famous Arts and Crafts movement architect, Ernest Barnsley, in the early part of the 20th century.
To quote Tim Richardson (English Gardens in the Twentieth Century-Aurum Press 2005) “Hidcote and Sissinghurst may have emerged as indisputably the most influential English gardens of the twentieth century... but perhaps Rodmarton should be up there with them... Hidcote has its unique ‘otherness’, Sissinghurst its irresistible biographical appeal, but Rodmarton is possessed of an intense and sequestered atmosphere that is all its own, and even now retains a strong sense of its original integrity.”
It will be interesting to see how the "intense and sequestered atmosphere" unfolds in this quiet part of the country.
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