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A huge thank you to all those who have participated in this coronavirus-beating alternative to our longstanding Marlborough Open Gardens event. Entries closed on Friday 19th June, but you can still read about the virtual event here.

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Elizabeth and Paul’s garden

The Thorns,
Marlborough



This south-facing garden was designed and landscaped by Stuart Saunders of Aelle in 2009. The original garden was on a rising slope, and Stuart converted this into lower and upper patio areas, resulting in a choice of seating in the sun or the shade. This is a constantly-changing garden, with fresh perspectives to enjoy, as pots are easily moved around with the shifting seasons and with different plants coming into bloom.

Jill and Tom's garden

Kingsbury Street,
Marlborough



An ornamental walled garden of about half an acre on a south-facing slope, re-landscaped in 2006/7 by Anne Keenan into terraces with a lawn at house level, a pergola, a water garden, upper lawns, small orchard and kitchen garden. Planting by Zinnia Swanzy.

A cottage garden

 

Silverless Street,
in the centre of Marlborough


A tiny garden full of flowers, and tucked in amongst them some vegetables - runner beans, courgettes, tomatoes, radishes and even a few potatoes. Also a pond with a thriving colony of frogs which does it’s best to keep the slug population at bay.

Farthings

Off Back Lane,
Marlborough


Farthings garden design for the hard landscape was done by Judith Woodget in 2009, the planting plan done and carried out by my daughter in law Isabelle van Lennep.  It is now a wrap round walled garden a mere 50 yds from Marlborough High Street.  An oasis of peace and calm with colour throughout the seasons.  Seating areas are provided both in sunshine and shade with french doors on three sides of the house spilling out into the garden and an eating area lies close to the kitchen under a vine.

 

Informal cottage garden

Ironmonger Lane,
Marlborough


The small walled patio is an informal garden that complements a 17th century cottage in an historic part of Marlborough. It has a raised decking area which enjoys sun for most of the day and is ideal for entertaining and the display of  multi-coloured pots planted with  traditional flowers and shrubs, depending on the season. The different levels show the shapes of the pots and plants to advantage.

Rob and Angela's garden

Rogers Meadow,
Marlborough

 
When we moved here in 1984 our garden was just chalk, clay and flint. After nearly 40 years and a lot of experimenting we now have a garden like this.

The Kidd family garden

Titchfield Park,
on the outskirts of Fareham,
Hampshire



A garden that evolved rather than being planned . The daisy just chose to move to the gravel from the other end of the garden and, well, stayed. Bright colours are a must, whatever the plant. The evergreen overshadowed the back of garden and just had to go. It makes a great feature/ bird perch!

Riverside Garden

George Lane,
Marlborough


An established family garden of approximately 1/3 acre leading down to the River Kennet.   The garden includes lawns, herbaceous borders, a rose pergola and mature shrubs and trees.

The gardens of Alma Place
(part 1)

Alma Place,
off the High Street,
Marlborough


Alma Place is set off the High Street on the south side.
It consists of 12 cottages plus Alma House, Plough Cottage and the Coach House.
The cottages were built in the mid 19th century and named after the Battle of Alma in 1854 during the Crimean War. They would have housed employees of the Inn (Alma House) and the Coach House.

The gardens of Alma Place
(part 2)

Alma Place,
off the High Street,
Marlborough


Alma Place is set off the High Street on the south side.
It consists of 12 cottages plus Alma House, Plough Cottage and the Coach House.
The cottages were built in the mid 19th century and named after the Battle of Alma in 1854 during the Crimean War. They would have housed employees of the Inn (Alma House) and the Coach House.

Using containers in the garden

 

Barton Park,

Marlborough

 
The garden is on a quite steep south facing slope, with a large patio in Barton Park. The soil is thin and not easily worked; the solution is container gardening. Over the years the number of containers has increased. The structure of the garden is formed from shrubs that thrive on the chalky soil.

Pip's Pad

Herd Street,
Marlborough


A small, walled courtyard fiercely protected by Pip - the naughtiest fox terrier in Marlborough.  Being mostly paved, planting is achieved through the use of dozens of containers while climbing plants are encouraged up each and every wall.  Flagstones were taken up to create the water feature - now a happy home to a huge number of frogs.

Richard and Sue's garden

Orchard Road,
Marlborough 



Started in 2010 this new build garden's initial landscape design went through a number of changes until it evolved into the terraces seen today.

Each plant has some meaning for us, whether related to friends, family or pets, every step through holds a story important to us.

The garden has 2 parts, the first adjacent to the rear of the house, the second adjacent to a garage. Both are separated by a short gravel path. This 'summer' garden is more secluded and is very much the more floral of the two.

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