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Two big gardens in Buckinghamshire

Tythrop Park Kingsey, Aylesbury HP17 8LT

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TYTHROP PARK, Kingsey, Buckinghamshire

This exceptionally fine garden around a 17th century manor house, is privately owned and rarely open to the public. The garden was redesigned 15 years ago by Robert Myers, six-time Chelsea gold medallist. The tour starts with a short meander through a wild flower meadow past a lake to gather outside the house for coffee and cake. Then onto a fabulous parterre filled with lavender and alliums, through to labyrinthine circular turf garden, a walled garden with green and white planting with grasses, a cleverly designed swimming pool area with aerial topiary, a large kitchen garden and much more. Head gardener, Phil Kusmishko, who designed the planting schemes, will take the tour.

Lunch will be at The Boot at Bledlow Ridge.

THE MANOR HOUSE, BLEDLOW

Home of Lord and Lady Carrington. This splendid garden is, divided into many different themes. They include the sculpture garden, the boxwood parterre, fountain gardens, ornamental kitchen garden and many interesting borders along with new areas installed in over the last two years.

Introduction by Lord Carrington, then free to wander with head gardener, Mark Thompson, on tap to answer questions. Following afternoon tea, those who wish are invited to explore the Lyde Garden, a peaceful wilderness in a valley formerly devoted to watercress beds fed by streams.