Britain: Sussex and Cotswolds gardens a bracing change from SoCal
While California gardens wither under a blistering sun, the green English countryside forms a backdrop for blooming gardens that delight the eye. English gardens differ from California gardens in many ways, including their long histories, their diverse styles based on centuries-old gardening traditions and perhaps, most strikingly, their color. On a recent a tour I led that took in English gardens at their peak, we spent most of eight days in the countryside of Sussex in southeastern England and the Cotswolds in west-central England where we visited some of the world’s best-known public gardens as well as some wonderfully intimate private gardens. Here is a sampling of what we saw.
-- Nan Sterman
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Broughton Castle, Banbury, Oxfordshire
Broughton Castle is everything we imagined a 700-year-old castle to be. Inside are chilly, cavernous rooms where enormous fireplaces are flanked by shiny coats of armor and perfumed with a lingering scent of mildew. Stonewalls bear scars of ancient doors and windows, long ago filled in. Outside, sheep graze beyond lushly planted garden borders and walls festooned in climbing roses.