Featured Autumn Garden

Musk Farm

Many people are familiar with the story of Musk Farm.

The property commenced its life as a school. After closing and falling into disrepair, Stuart Rattle purchased the property in 1998 and, over the next 15 years, transformed the grounds into a semi-formal 1.4 hectare garden comprising 14 ‘garden rooms’ interconnected by paths and hedging. The garden is instantly recognisable by the formal motor court entrance with clipped Buxus balls framing the doorway to the beautiful home.

Subsequent owners have maintained the existing garden as well adding a rose arboretum and, in keeping with the school yard heritage, a clock tower.

The design is stunning, with axes drawing attention to particular vistas and plantings. The garden features many rare and unusual plants including a huge variety of hydrangeas, rhododendrons, viburnum and bulbs. Other highlights include the old school oval – now a wonderful hedged lawn – a rhododendron garden, woodland walks, a formal pond and a summer garden.

While Musk Farm's opening was cancelled this autumn, we hope you enjoy these images as a foretaste of things to come when we re-open.

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