All you see below sits in a one acre site.
History (from gardenvisit.com)
The garden was created by the Spencer family between 1951 and 1994. Frederick Spencer laid down the basic structure of the garden but it was his son, Robin, who was largely responsible for its development and for the exquisite detail to be found within it. Undoubtedly inspired by some of the outstanding gardens of the time, such as Lawrence Johnston’s Hidcote, Robin created in just one acre, a garden which by the early eighties, was regarded by many as one of the most innovative small gardens in the world. His extraordinary vision, remarkable sense of perspective, inspirational use of materials and meticulous attention to detail were key to its success.
Robin died suddenly and prematurely at the age of only 47. For the next twelve years his mother, Sybil, cherished the garden. She added to the already considerable plant collection but the overall layout remained largely unchanged.
On Sybil Spencer’s death in 1994 the garden passed into the care of the charity Perennial – Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society. If I understand it correctly, they will be taking on Sir Roy Strong’s garden after his death.
Espaliered Pyracantha. Wow.
We had a very enjoyable lunch in the newly-refurbished cafe, and I’ll be happy to go back to this garden, one that I’d known about for a while but which we’d put off visiting because we needed to pay to get in (with 100s of HHA and NT gardens to visit for free, we tend to visit them unless in priority until and unless we run out of gardens/think there is special merit in a non-HHA/NT garden).
This garden certainly merits paying the entry fee.
When visited: August 2016