The gardens of Woolbeding
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
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
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
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
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
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.