This is from the brochure I brought home...One of the most exciting horticultural finds of recent years has been the underground Edwardian gardens at Destow House in Monmouthshire.
In1893, Henry Oakley purchased the ancient Dewstow estate, managing it until his death in 1940. A keen horticulturist and wealthy bachelor, Oakley embarked on the creation of a truly ambitious and unique garden in his ground.
Commissioning eminent London landscapers Pulham & Son, work on the massive project began in the late 19th Century. While there are many examples of the Pulham's work in stately homes in the UK, Dewstow is unique in its scale and subterranean focus.
With no descendants the land passed from Oakley at his death in 1940. During the forties the garden was filled in and the land reverted to working pastureland. The vast majority of the private gardens were buried or destroyed and as no records of their existence remained, they were forgotten until the land was purchased by the Harris family in 2000.
After an initial investigation, the discovery of steps leading down and other evidence of the garden were found. Subsequent excavation has revealed far more than was ever imagined."
I had the distinct pleasure of visiting these gardens on one of my last days in southern Wales and was absolutely overwhelmed at its beauty. So instead of writing about it, how about taking a look for yourself! Be sure to expand into full frame mode and turn up the music (a jazz rendition of "Sunny")for a bit of ambience! Here's a sneak peak from the brochure.
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