“How many gentle flowers grow in an English Country Garden?” asks the lyrics of the old Morris dancing song. Today the answer is undoubtedly more than almost one hundred years ago when Australian composer Percy Grainger famously arranged this well-known tune for piano in 1918.
Daffodils, hollyhocks, roses and fox gloves have made way for alpine mosses, alliums, sun flowers and lilies in English designer gardens – modern day gardeners are forsaking tradition for exotics from Asia, Europe and South America.
To mark the 300th anniversary of prominent historical gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the UK is this year celebrating the Year of the English Garden. The programme seeks to spotlight and celebrate the country’s fabulous gardens, using events to inspire people during 2016.
Capability Brown was a garden designer whose vision for the future has influenced the landscapes of hundreds of English Country estates. Brown cut his teeth at Stowe, then owned by Lord Cobham – now a leading public school where the gardens are still open to the public to be enjoyed. Over the years he designed over 170 parks, many of which can still be seen today.
Prime Surrey Estate Agency, Barton Wyatt are regularly involved in offering advice to landlords, tenants, buyers and sellers when it comes to the foliage in their garden.
Barton Wyatt is situated in the heart of the millionaire’s paradise, Virginia Water and the Wentworth Estate. Drive around this estate during any daylight hour and most homes will have gardener’s vans on the drive whilst the steady hum of a leaf blower pervades the air.
Capability Brown was no stranger to Surrey working on the magnificent gardens of Kew, Hampton Court, Claremont and Clandon Park to name a few.
James Wyatt, Partner of Barton Wyatt and Wentworth resident, comments:
“We are blessed in the vicinity with some wonderful gardens to visit. The Savill Garden is part of the Royal Landscape and is just moments from Virginia Water. Here gardens and woodland can be enjoyed by everyone, from dedicated horticulturalists to families wanting to enjoy someone else’s green fingers. And a couple of miles further afield is Great Fosters where the garden is designed to replicate the intricate beauty of a Persian rug. In the summer fragrant beds of flowers and herbs are bordered by manicured hedges and topiary.
“Homeowners like to introduce some of these green fingered ideas into their gardens and we are able to put our clients in touch with some visionary gardeners in the locality. Many of the homes we sell are newly built and developers must work hard to create something that doesn’t look too barren and new.
“Savvy developers work with landscape architects from the onset of the project, creating external plans that keep existing foliage and trees. These are often trimmed back as the schemes commence and shaped to perfection as the last paving stone is laid.”
“An unloved garden will do nothing to help sell your home or get a tenant in situ quickly. Smart homes with manicured gardens sell 10 times quicker than a garden that has been left to run riot. Indeed, we do not accept houses for rental that have not had their gardens attended too – it would be a waste of everyone’s time. And once a tenant is living in a rental home we can arrange for a gardener to come weekly to keep it in shape.
“I would say that 95% of the gardens on Wentworth are maintained by professional gardeners – people living in these homes are captains of industry and often running their own businesses. I am sure they would love to deadhead the dahlias but quite frankly they don’t have the time.”
For more information on homes in Virginia Water with stunning gardens contact Barton Wyatt on 01344 843 000.
An example of a freshly finished new build house in Virginia Water that has had the garden professionally designed:
Wilton, Wentworth Estate, Virginia Water £4,950,000
A magnificent family home built to an exceptional specification and finish, superbly situated on an elevated site at the end of Woodlands Road East, a prestigious and sought after road within the Wentworth Estate. A delightful and tranquil location yet just half a mile from both the picturesque shopping parades of Virginia Water as well as the Wentworth Clubhouse.
Wilton has been designed for a contemporary family lifestyle with a stunning kitchen/breakfast/family room area with doors opening onto the delightful gardens. The more formal ground floor reception rooms are of elegant proportions and enjoy tall ceilings and windows, light being a theme throughout the house.
There is also a large gymnasium on the ground floor which is air conditioned as is the master bedroom and kitchen/family room. A link between the gymnasium and the main house has a secondary staircase giving access to the rear landing of the house as well as the staff flat over the large three car garage. The flat also has the ability to be completely independent with its own staircase and front door.
Upstairs the enormous master bedroom suite has his and hers dressing rooms with a vast amount of wardrobe space and a generous bathroom en-suite. There is Juliet balcony in the master bedroom from which the gardens are enjoyed. The secondary bedrooms on the first floor all have en-suites with a contemporary and sophisticated theme running throughout the house. Also on the first floor is a large utility room situated next to the staff flat.
On the top floor, there is a fifth bedroom and bathroom suite as well as two further bedrooms sharing a bathroom.
The house enjoys a secluded garden facing east at the rear and amounts to approximately 0.75 of an acre in all.