St Mary's Church Whitton

Whitton in Bloom - The Granary

Of all the gardens on show for the Whitton in Bloom weekend, The Granary has been in the same ownership for the longest - about 50 years - although only cultivated as a garden for 25 years. The building itself was the granary for Little Paddocks when it was a working farm and has now been converted into a house. Over an acre in size, the gardens have been designed to take advantage of the stunning south-west views and have a distinctly Italianate feel.

Nearest the house is a walled “secret garden” from which leads a winter-flowering viburnum arch. A wisteria arch leads into another walled garden which was originally the dairy to the farmhouse. The Mediterranean feel is enhanced by the pots of geraniums, begonias, the small splashing pools and the stone wall planters awash with colour.

Steps lead down to a natural looking park with a magnificent tulip tree, weeping birch, and a copper beech planted as a seedling over 25 years ago. There is also an orchard and a wild area for butterflies. Near the greenhouse can be seen “Nature’s Medicine” - a fig tree laden with fruit.

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