A well hidden gem of a garden – The Master’s Garden

2 Jun

If you’ve ever driven through the streets of Warwick you will have spotted this cluster of medieval buildings that overhang the High Street.

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These buildings form The Lord Leycester Hospital – a collection of 14th century buildings that originally housed the towns Guilds – the trade groups that represented the towns tradesmen – cobblers/coopers/weavers etc

During the reign of Elizabeth I it became a retirement home for old soldiers and is still to this day a home for ex- servicemen .

And hiding behind these buildings, right in the centre of the bustling town, is a tiny but perfect garden.

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I discovered this garden by accident many years ago and try to pop in whenever I’m passing. It’s so tiny you really only need ten minutes to appreciate it ( and it does only cost £2 to get in ) and on occasion I’ve taken my lunch in there and found a sheltered sunny spot to while away my lunch hour.

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Once inside there’s no view of the outside world as it’s surrounded by high hedges and pleached limes and apart from the slightly intrusive traffic noise you could be in the middle of nowhere.

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In such a small space they have managed to squeeze a productive vegetable patch, two lawned areas, two beautiful garden buildings and a practical work area. It’s all held together with clipped box and beautifully trained climbing roses.

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Wouldn’t you just love to settle in here with a good book and a pot of tea !

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There’s a lot of things to take away from this garden – structure provided from clipped box , roses trained along high chains, pleached limes tied in tightly, a limited range of perennials – geraniums/ alchemilla mollis / iris / roses, Good small garden trees such as Cornus alternifolia.

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