Garden Portrait: Hergest Croft

Hergest Croft is unusual in having been gardened continuously by three generations of the same family over the past one hundred and thirteen years. It lies in the heart of the Welsh Marches with stunning views towards the Black Mountains. The gardens contain a unique collection of rare plants, trees and shrubs and over 90 “Champion” Trees.

The six distinct areas are Hergest Croft, the Azalea Garden, the Maple Grove, the Kitchen Garden, the Park and Park Wood.

My visit took place in late September not long before the gardens would close for the winter. In the Conservatory, many tender plants grow including a wide variety of fuchias and pelargoniums.

In the conservatory

We walked through Maple Grove into the Azalea Garden, which of course at this time of year lacked the beauty of these flowers. Instead paths were lined with hydrangea of a variety of colours.

Hydrangeas

It is dominated by a massive avenue of blue cedars planted in 1900 and many other champion trees.

Coming out onto the former croquet lawn and tennis courts, now enclosed by a large yew hedge, that contains vases of sweetly scented lilies in summer, you get a sense of the beauty of the house and its views over the parkland. The lower terrace border is filled with white galtonias and blue agapanthus.

A pretty rockery leads to a pool covered in waterlilies.

Following the path you reach the sculpture of a fir cone by Joe Smith which forms the centrepiece of the Slate Garden formally edged with five species of box.

The Kitchen Garden contains a traditional vegetable and fruit garden with many rare varieties. The wide herbaceous borders, and a double herbaceous border contain roses, sweetpeas, marigolds, daisy type flowers, achillea, sunflowers and echinops.

Hot colours in the Kitchen Garden

There was so much colour in the kitchen garden. Hollyhocks, agapanthus and Japanese Anemones mingled among the spikes of the artichoke.

Pinks and Blues in the Kitchen Garden

If you want to have a much longer walk then Park Wood has a secluded valley hidden deep within an ancient oak wood containing over 12ha (30 acres) of giant hybrid and species rhododendrons and exotic trees creating an almost Himalayan scene.

Size:  70 acres (28 hectare)

  • Street:   Hergest Croft Gardens
  • Postcode:   HR5 3EG
  • City:   Kington
  • County:   Herefordshire
  • Country:   United Kingdom

If you like a walk, long or short, then please visit Jo for her regular strolls in the UK and the Algarve and maybe you would like to join in too. She’s very welcoming.

39 thoughts on “Garden Portrait: Hergest Croft

  1. Your flower gardens are scrumptious, Jude 🙂 🙂 I can’t believe how many gardens you still have up your sleeve! And some with the oddest names. Thank you so much. I’ll just have a little sit and admire the view.

      • I meant to say ‘galleries’, not gardens. They really are fab! 🙂 🙂 Wild and windy ‘jobs’ day today but I was out playing in the sunshine yesterday, making the most. Tish is forecasting doom for Easter 😦

  2. These are smashing. I am always blown away imagining the time and effort required to design and maintain these marvelous gardens.
    And your photos are a treat as well; a window to a world most would never see .. or even knew was there.

    • You need money, time, and a good head gardener (and lots of volunteers it seems). I enjoy visiting and leaving the hard work to others 🙂

  3. I appreciate the efforts of others to produce and maintain these beautiful gardens while I struggle with my little patch of terrain. So many flowers … and in spite of your best efforts to educate us, I still don’t have a clue what most of them are! Except for hydrangeas. LOVE hydrangeas 🙂

    • Thank you for calling in Robyn. This visit was a while ago, before we moved, but as the weather has been too awful to go out much I am spending my time posting gardens from the archives.

  4. Just gorgeous Jude I do envy you all the beautiful gardens within visiting range for you. But then I can enjoy them through your excellent photos. It is strange how many of my favourite flower are ones I can’ t grow here. Fuchsias, those dainty floral ballerinas, and hydrangeas and of course roses

    • When I was without a garden for so many years I just had to visit other gardens to enjoy flowers and trees. Not quite as good as getting the hands dirty, but gardens do relax me.

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