Visiting Ashridge Gardens

 

The Ashridge gardens were designed by Humphry Repton and presented to the 7th Earl of Bridgewater in March 1813. Repton famously exhibited his designs as watercolours in leather bound albums that came to be known as Red Books.

Added on 26 February 2014 by Kelly Ashton

Visiting Ashridge Gardens

The Ashridge gardens were designed by Humphry Repton and presented to the 7th Earl of Bridgewater in March 1813. Repton famously exhibited his designs as watercolours in leather bound albums that came to be known as Red Books. The gardens remain mostly as Repton intended with some modifications by the various tenants therefore rendering the garden of considerable historic significance amongst garden historians. Unfortunately Repton died before completing the layout of the garden so the task was left to Jeffry Wyattville.

In the 1850’s Ashridge became home to the Brownlow family and during this time extensive clearing took place to the south of the garden and many of the trees now found in the arboretum were planted. Some of the main features include an avenue of Holm Oak and cypress and also one of the most impressive features at Ashridge planted in 1858 being an avenue of Sequoias under planted with Rhododendrons.

Today the garden team led by Head Gardener Mick Thompson are custodians of Repton’s work and many of the original features and designs still remain to be appreciated by all. Within the 190 acres of garden there are a variety of smaller gardens that keep the team fully utilised all year round including the Rose Garden Dry Garden Monks Garden Italian Garden and Arboretum; there is always something interesting to see.

The Gardens at Ashridge House are open annually from Easter through to the end of October at weekends between 2 pm – 6 pm.

Guided Garden Tours are available in April and July-August please check the website for details www.ashridgehouse.org.uk