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Barnsley House Spa Garden - Silver

Silver Medal garden by Stephen Woodhams. The Barnsley House Spa Garden is a fusion of classic and contemporary Cotswold garden design. The garden showcases the new spa garden at Barnsley House. The garden is a tranquil and calm sanctuary inspired by Rosemary Verey's garden.

Stephen woodhams - barnsley house spa garden

Garden description

Barnsley house spa gardenA ha-ha, which is an 18th Century method of providing stock proof boundary, divides rural Gloucestershire countryside and a contemporary Cotswold garden within this show garden. The main planting structure is provided by an established horse chestnut. There is also a glade of single and multi-stemmed birch trees, together with shade and partial shade-loving plants, including ferns, hostas and digitalis.

Barnsley house spa gardenThe Barnsley House Spa Garden can be viewed from two sides. One side looks across a Gloucestershire meadow, rolling down to an open ditch with a natural hedge to the side. From this angle visitors will see a cut Cotswold stone ha-ha leading to a mown grass panel, with planting beds.

The other view is across a side pathway of Cotswold stone chippings towards a central stone sculpture, made of pieces of old Cotswold wall, which have been weathered and constructed into a contemporary curve and flanked by the mirrored water wall. The water runs from the wall into a rill and then into a square pool covered by a clear glass panel.

Plant list: (click on any of the green links below to read more about the plant and to add to your own 'Plants I want' list)

Acer campestre
Aesculus hippocastanum
Alchemilla mollis
Allium karataviense
Aloysia triphylla
Alpine strawberries
Arum italicum 'Pictum'
Asplenium scolopendrium
Betula ermanii
Betula pendula
Betula utilis var. jacquemontii
Blechnum spicant
Chamaemelum nobile
Corn salad
Crataegus monogyna
Cynara cardunculus
Digitalis grandiflora
Digitalis purpurea
Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora
Digitalis purpurea 'Sutton's Apricot'
Dryopteris wallichiana
Epilobium glabellum
Epimedium pinnatum
Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae
Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii
Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow'
Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'
Helichrysum italicum
Iris germanica
Juniperus communis
Kniphophia 'Percy's Pride'
Laurus nobilis
Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
Lavandula stoechas
Liriope muscari 'John Burch'
Macleaya microcarpa 'Kelway's Coral Plume'
Mentha (peppermint)
Nicotiana rustica
Onopordum acanthium
Osmunda regalis
Pelargonium capitatum
Pelargonium (assorted scented-leaved)
Polystichum setiferum
Red lettuce
Rodgersia pinnata
Rodgersia sambucifolia
Rosmarinus officinalis
Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'
Santolina chamaecyparissus
Sedum 'Herbstfreude'
Stipa gigantea
Taxus baccata
Thymus citriodorus 'Silver Queen'
Viburnum opulus
Viburnum x carlcephalum
Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Crowborough'