Head Gardener's CommentThis Grade I listed garden, covering about 50 acres, was designed in the "patte d'oie" (goose foot) style with radiating avenues leading to temples, statues, lake and ponds. The avenues are lined with long clipped beech hedges. More recent plantings and flower gardens have not intruded on the original 18th century architecture.
HistorySt Paul's Walden Bury was the birthplace and childhood home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. The same Bowes Lyon family has lived here since this formal woodland garden was laid out about 1720. The garden has been largely kept as it was for nearly 300 years, improved and restored by Geoffrey Jellicoe in the 1930s.
Plants of NoteSeasonal displays of snowdrops, daffodils, then magnolias and rhododendrons in April - May, woodland lilies and roses in June. A number of the magnolias and rhododendrons are species collected in China and Bhutan.
Wild flowers are encouraged and there are glades of primroses, banks of cowslips in May. Spotted orchids appear erratically, in profusion some years.