Gardens of Easton lodge refurbishment underway

VISITORS to the Gardens of Easton Lodge this Sunday are in for a surprise when they see the spectacular display of plants in the sunken Italian Garden.

Two of the flowerbeds in the Edwardian section designed by Harold Peto for Daisy, the Countess of Warwick, more than a century ago, have been given a makeover before a full restoration project begins later this year.

Supervised by Writtle College student Robert Hanchet, they feature large, tender perennial plants in mainly reds, mauves and silvers.

Some of the plants chosen featured in the original garden and have been included in the spirit of historical accuracy.

The garden is also ready for two further openings after August 22; on Sunday September 19 and Sunday October 10.

Entry to the Gardens of Easton Lodge costs �2.50 (children free).

Picnics are welcome and home-made refreshments are on sale during opening hours (12 noon to 6pm).

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