The summer 2015 edition of our Arts, Buildings and Collections Bulletin has just been published. One of the contributions is an article by Sarah Kay about the garden at Dudmaston Hall in Shropshire.
As Sarah writes, the garden at Dudmaston has had a long and varied history. In the late eighteenth century it was a landscape garden, with the pastures coming right up to the house.
Then in the nineteenth century the garden was embellished with terraces, parterres, island beds, ribbon borders and exotic specimen trees. The local Morfe Cottage Garden Society, founded in 1851, organised fiercely competitive annual flower shows.
Following retrenchment in the Edwardian period, the garden saw a renewed phase of innovation during the second half of the twentieth century. Sir George and Lady Labouchere reinvigorated the garden with the help of designer James Russell, even introducing contemporary sculpture into the grounds.
Now a project is underway to ‘uncloak’ some of the picturesque features and views which have been lost over the years, while simultaneously keeping alive the spirit of innovation shown by successive owners of Dudmaston.