A talk given by Mary Ann Prior on Constance Villiers Stuart 1876 - 1966
We approach Lexham Hall down a shady avenue of trees on a beautiful sunny day. The drive curves around to reveal the house which has been added to and modified over the years, then down some steps to a lawn with hedging and an ironwork arbour on the left giving way to a haha with a stunning view of a lake with several picturesque bridges over the River Nar.
The rear of the house has a terrace with balustrading embellished with roses. Then on past the Old Dairy and more roses and a mixed border to the walled garden. This has a crinkle crackle wall on its north side where we found the cutting garden and vegetable plot with fruit trees. Next to the swimming pool there is a delightful area of mixed borders with a beautiful stone seat which led on to the Urn Garden, a paradise for bees.
The woodland garden of five acres would have shown a stunning display of rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias, in an earlier show, and a pretty Victorian Summer House.
It was a very special place to visit on a glorious summers day. Over 90 members enjoyed the occasion and teas were provided by the Boston Tea Party.
NGT Chairman Matthew Martin presents a copy of our recent publication Enticing Paths to Mrs Anthea Foster
Tate Talk 2024
Saturday 2nd March, 2024 2pm
‘Gertrude Jekyll‘ An illustrated talk by Caroline Holmes
Venue: Bawdeswell Village Hall, NR20 4RU