Jessamine Cottage Gardens
Lee and Pamela Wheeler returned from New Zealand in 1999 with the specific intention of creating a garden.
Comments from visitors:
‘A slice of heaven’
‘So many interesting trees and planted so that their shapes and colours can be appreciated’
‘The small wooded area is a real gem, wonderful’
‘I didn’t know that Rosa Paul’s’ Himalayan Musk could get so large’
‘The meadow grasses and flowers are lovely … and so many different grasses’
‘The Wedding Cake Tree is magnificent. I want one. Where can I get one?’
‘The garden fits so well with the surrounding countryside’
‘How lucky you are to live in such a beautiful place’
‘How did just the two of you manage to create this garden and how do you keep it looking so good’
‘It is all so peaceful, tranquil and restful’
‘I can’t believe that the garden is only 10 years old’
‘So many birds’
‘This is my favourite garden’
Our garden is now 11 years old. The trees and shrubs are a good size and the flower beds are overflowing. The roses have all matured and we can’t believe it when we look back at what it was like 10 years ago. The bare paddocks have become an oasis of peace and a green haven of tranquility
Our wish to bring a taste of New Zealand country gardens to rural Shropshire has been a success with one part of the garden melding seamlessly its neighbouring parts … and it all fits so well with the open vistas of Wenlock Edge, the surrounding countryside and the majestic oak trees so common in this area.
The wild flower meadows have developed well. Common orchids have introduced themselves and are trebling in number as each year goes by. A grass expert commented on the large selection grasses. Over 50 species of bird visit the garden and in late summer there are plenty of butterflies and dragonflies flitting around the garden. The oreganum laevigatum in the parterre is alive with the movement and sound of bees and other insects in July and August.
The rose beds and rose towers have matured with the best performances coming from ‘Gertrude Jekyll’, ‘Paul’s Himalayan Musk’ (which has completely taken over a 30 foot Alder tree), ‘Moonlight’, ‘Bonica’ and ‘Souvenir de la Malmaison’.
The freezing conditions of January and December 2010 killed some of our more tender shrubs and trees but that has given us a chance to try some new ones … this time fully hardy species!!
There are plenty of seats dotted around the garden … so there is no excuse not to sit and enjoy the peace and tranquility.
Our visitors can sit inside or outside to enjoy afternoon tea, with home-made cakes on offer. Jams and chutneys made with fruits from the garden are available to buy .. the marmalade is also very popular but we can’t say that the citrus fruit for this comes from the garden!!
Come and visit us and discover how peaceful and beautiful a garden can be. We are open Thursday to Sunday every week, plus bank holidays, in May, June, July and August. We welcome groups during and outside our normal opening times. The garden looks particularly good in the slanting evening sunshine in late May and June, when the long meadow grasses are at their best, with buttercups and sorrel adding colour and drama to the long grasses.
We look forward to sharing our garden with you.
Lee and Pam Wheeler
|Day||1st May 2013 - 31st August 2013|
|Thursday||14:00 - 18:00|
|Friday||14:00 - 18:00|
|Saturday||14:00 - 18:00|
|Sunday||14:00 - 18:00|
|Bank Holidays||14:00 - 18:00|
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3 miles South West of Much Wenlock: sign posted from the B4371, Much Wenlock - Church Stretton Road & from A458 at Harley.
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