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The gardens of Woolbeding

July 1, 2014
View over the lake to the chinoiserie bridge in the landscape garden at Woolbedding, created with the help if Julian and Isabel Bannerman from the late 1990s. ©National Trust Images/James Dobson

View over the lake to the chinoiserie bridge in the landscape garden at Woolbedding, created with the help if Julian and Isabel Bannerman from the late 1990s. ©National Trust Images/James Dobson

I just wanted to share these images of Woolbeding, the garden, or rather series of gardens, created by the Hon. Simon Sainsbury and Stewart Grimshaw.

River god in the landscape garden at Woolbeding. ©National Trust Images/James Dobson

River god in the landscape garden at Woolbeding. ©National Trust Images/James Dobson

Simon Sainsbury leased the house and garden from the National Trust in 1973, and together with his partner Stewart Grimshaw he gradually transformed the garden.

Rootwood bench at Woolbeding. ©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Rootwood bench at Woolbeding. ©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

An article by Stephen Lacey in the Sunday Times describes the development of the garden in some detail.

The rotunda at Woolbeding, designed by Philip Jebb to fill the place of a tulip tree that was blown over in the great storm of 1987. ©National Trust Images/James Dobson

The rotunda at Woolbeding, designed by Philip Jebb to fill the place of a tulip tree that was blown over in the great storm of 1987. ©National Trust Images/James Dobson

Various designers were involved, including Lanning Roper (1912-83), Philip Jebb (1927-95) and Julian and Isabel Bannerman.

View towards one of the cedars at Woolbeding. ©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

View towards one of the cedars at Woolbeding. ©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Simon Sainsbury died in 2006, but Stewart Grimshaw still uses Woolbeding as a weekend home and continues to be involved in the garden.

The 'ruined abbey' at Woolbeding. ©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

The ‘ruined abbey’ at Woolbeding. ©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Although Woolbeding is still a private garden, visits can be pre-booked. More about the history of the house and garden can be found on the Parks and Gardens UK website.

The garden at Woolbeding

May 8, 2010

The potager at Woolbeding House. ©NTPL/Stephen Robson

Barbara, of the beautiful and lively blog It’s about Time, recently did a fascinating post about glass cloches. She has since also done one about ceramic forcing pots. This picture of the garden at Woolbeding House, West Sussex, shows two of each.

©NTPL/Stephen Robson

Woolbeding is a National Trust property which was tenanted by the late Simon Sainsbury and Stewart Grimshaw. The restrained and yet characterful interiors of the house were featured in the June 2009 issue of World of Interiors. The gardens will be open to the public for the first time in 2010 (details to be announced).

©NTPL/Stephen Robson

Simon Sainsbury was a scion of the eponymous grocery dynasty. He worked in the family firm and was an extremely generous, albeit self-effacing, philantropist.

The Gothic summerhouse and the cascade. ©NTPL/Stephen Robson

As well as contributing to many cultural and social projects, he set up a fund which supported a number of important National Trust acquisitions. The latest of these was the purchase at auction of a pair of silver salvers for Uppark.

The chinoiserie bridge, with the River God in the distance. ©NTPL/Stephen Robson

During his lifetime Simon Sainsbury always wished for his support to remain anonymous, but now we are able to celebrate the generosity and taste of this remarkable man.


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