Barrington Court

Date: Thursday 1 June 2023

Barrington Court, Barrington, near Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0NQ.  Open daily from 10am until 5pm.  Elsie Lyle consulted Gertrude Jekyll on advice for the planting schemes and layout of the garden at Barrington Court.  Gertrude Jekyll was in her seventies and almost blind at this time, but she was able to advise what would grow best in the limy earth just by crumbling the soil in her hands.  Elsie posted the soil to Gertrude in biscuit tins!  Elsie Lyle visited Gertrude Jekyll to discuss the garden plans in person, and much of what you see in the garden at Barrington Court today was inspired by these earlier plans.

Barrington Court’s Rose Garden was replanted in the 1990s to follow Gertrude Jekyll’s original scheme.  Renovation of the rose beds took place during 2017 and the beds are now established and feature lovely displays of Rosa ‘Felicia’, R. ‘Cornelia’ and R. ‘ Penelope’ (and other roses).  This area of the gardens are at their best in the height of summer.  These roses were originally bred in the early 1900s by rosarian and clergyman, the Rev. Joseph Pemberton.

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