Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Dipley Mill and the NGS

Hello

Thanks for popping in.

At the moment, lots of private gardens are opening in aid of the National Garden Scheme which collects funds for Nursing charities.  Last year  £2.7 million was raised.

Just round the corner from our favourite West Green Gardens, Dipley Mill opened its garden to the public with tea and coffee available too.

The Mill itself is listed in the Domesday Book and served as a flour mill on the River Whitewater until it was converted into a country house in 1927.  As a mill, it was very successful so the Miller installed a second wheel which, with both wheels on the go, made the building shake.

Let's have a look.

Water plays a big part here, with streams, ponds and pools round every corner.




Original milestones set in the path

Hornbeam Terrace

Visitors are given a delightful watercoloured map which gives a meandering route to wander along so you don't miss any of the secret areas.  There's Drove Road garden with airy wild planting, the Dew Pond tucked away and Vesta's garden, celebrating the Goddess of the Hearth, at the far end of the estate.



The Rust Garden leads you past a pill box, which is planted on top with a blue spiral staircase to take you up to admire the view, and on to a Grotto Garden.

Looking out from the pill box.
All the while you feel the presence of the River Whitewater and can see the water meadows on the other side of it covered in natural planting. Bridges across the River entice you over but we'll stay this side.

A real treat awaits in the Rose and Perfume Garden where a variety of unusual roses greet the nose.



 There's a great assortment of gunnera around the garden as well as herbs, fruit and vegetables.


The Indian Pool Garden is quite spectacular with its exotic planting and colonial hut.



Pretty table



There's even an Oriental Carpet Garden next to the greenhouse full of cacti and bougainvilleas.




To crown it all the recently shorn alpacas are so cute!



There we are, what a fantastic private garden, so much bigger than I was expecting, so much to see and enjoy including the delicious homemade cakes.

If you live fairly close, have a look at the link above as there are more open days to come this year, all in a good cause.  Don't worry about parking as the field next door was opened as a large car park.

Cheerio

12 comments:

  1. I went to West Green recently and I think I might have driven over a bridge and got a peek into this garden - but it might have been another lovely garden of course! What a beautiful garden this one is, well worth a visit, glad you got to go and then share it with us!

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    1. It is by a bridge so you probably did see it. If you get the chance to go, you won't be disappointed. Look out for the yellow ngs books.

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  2. What a fabulous place. Not at all like the mill I work in. Fancy having two wheels going at once. Not surprised the building shook! B x

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    1. I'd love to have seen them both in action, sounds crazy. 😊

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  3. A place fabulous as a paradise! So beautiful.

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    1. Really beautiful with all the water and plants everywhere.

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  4. Love gardens with lots of water features. We rented a mill a couple of times while in England.

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    1. That must have been lovely, we stayed in an oasthouse once. The Landmark Trust have all sorts of unusual properties for rent including a pineapple!

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  5. I love water gardens too and one of my favourites is Lowder Mill near Haslemere which opens for the NGS. I think I would be very happy living in a house overlooking a mill pond!

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    1. Ooh that's not too far from me, I'll have to look it up. I've just been to Netley Mill whjch was also lovely, blogpost to follow!

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  6. Such a beautiful garden and it was a joy to see the alpaca.

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    1. Aren't they gorgeous. They have wonderful faces don't they. 😊

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