Hanham Court, Bristol

by Jane on September 5, 2011

This August I visited a beautiful garden on the edge of Bristol. I could urge you to see it, but unfortunately it is being sold. So here are some pictures to commemorate this lovely place; let’s hope the new owners are also keen gardeners and will open it again.

You will see umbrellas in these photos; they were taken when it was pouring with rain. This shows that a great garden still looks good in bad weather!

The house dates from the Tudors onwards, with a Norman barn.
Hanham Court house & barn

Through an old arch stretches a long lawn lined with flowerbeds and topiary.
Lawn, bed and topiary
Bed with topiary

To the left of this are more topiary shapes, with some lovely large containers of flowers.
topiary and container
Another great container idea: a filmy screen of flowers above a colourful base:
Another container

The beds are slightly blowsy now – August 8th was the last day of visiting – but full of colour.
bed in Hanham Court, August

The garden is on a hill overlooking meadows where you can walk. Just below the garden is a lawn surrounded by a belt of wild flowers:
Lawn belted with wildflowers
– a lovely place to celebrate weddings I imagine; there was a marquee next to it. I imagine brides waltzing on the lawn serenaded by music in the marquee – very romantic!

Leading through the garden are carved wooden arches – a modern interpretation of Classicism.Arch in topiary, Hanham Court
Another arch at the end of the lawn, leading to meadows:
Arch leading to meadows, Hanham Court

There is a wild patch of woodland below the lawn garden, with some ponds and gunnera. Wild pool with gunnera

Also not pictured – a vegetable garden, a waterfall and a ‘stumpery’ full of tree trunks and ferns.

This is a dreamy romantic garden well thought out by the owners. It doesn’t surprise me they are garden designers! This is the Hanham Court website.
It also doesn’t surprise me that the designers have worked in Highgrove which has a similar blend of romance and formality.
side alley with topiary

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenny.Hoadley September 6, 2011 at 9:11 am

Great photos Jane – you did justice to it despite the rain!

Jane September 6, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Thanks for taking me there. It’s strange you can’t see how wet it is!

Hanham Court Gardens April 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Thank you the photos are lovely.
Just to let you know….
We are pleased to announce that the Gardens will be open Thursdays and Fridays, May 3rd to August 31st 2012 under new ownership.

Jane April 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Thanks for letting me know – I’ll let my Bristol friends know too. I’m pleased you are still opening this beautiful garden to the public!


Jenny.Hoadley April 23, 2012 at 9:52 am

Jane well done! We will make the effort to go and support them this year!

Daniel Johnson May 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm

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THANK YOU ALL for your kind words and support

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