Three go to Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Posted on 29/04/2018 By

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Three go to Dunsborough Park Gardens.

We absolutely loved Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Bobby, me and Anne.

Bobby, me and Anne.

I loved the statues (see Information below).

Anne and Bobby loved the flowers.

We all loved the “Secret Gardens” which are hidden seemingly round every bend. Through each gap in a hedge.

And… we really loved the refreshments provided by the day’s charity. Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice Care.

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Festival of Tulips Poster.

Festival of Tulips Poster.

These opening times were for the National Garden Scheme. (NGS) special openings. There are other openings during the season that can be found on the Park website.

www.dunsboroughpark.com/events-functions

For those interested in the history of this beautiful garden, the following also came from the website:

DUNSBOROUGH PARK RIPLEY : GARDEN HISTORY AND INFORMATION

Welcome to Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park, Ripley, Surrey dates back to the dissolution of the Monasteries when the lands of Newark Abbey were given to a local nobleman. The farmer taking over the land built a farmhouse around a single central brick chimney which has now grown to become Dunsborough House. The gardens were laid out in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Re-opened to the public in 1997 after being restored by garden statuary dealer , Dolf Sweerts de Landas Wyborgh and his wife, Caroline, this magnificent 100 acre estate comprises a series of historical gardens brought to life by vistas and garden architecture.

The Gardens

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Whaddya reckon, Bobby?

Whaddya reckon, Bobby?

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Sit here and enjoy the view!

Sit here and enjoy the view!

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Just look at these blooms.

Just look at these blooms.

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Ere, Bobby. What's he doing?

Ere, Bobby. What’s he doing?

Dunsborough Park Garden: Glorious Tulip Bed.

Glorious Tulip Bed.

Dunsborough Park Gardens: More Tulips Blooms.

More Tulips Blooms.

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Not Tulips!

Not Tulips!

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Ah. More Tulips. Just look at that colour!

Ah. More Tulips. Just look at that colour!

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Ere - fancy a bath, Bobby?

Ere – fancy a bath, Bobby?

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Glorious orange tulips set off by an edging of muscari (grape hyancinths).

Glorious orange tulips set off by an edging of muscari (grape hyancinths).

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Think the orange ones are my favourites.

Think the orange ones are my favourites.

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Sometimes I sit here and think, others times I just sit.

Sometimes I sit here and think, others times I just sit.

Dunsborough Park Gardens: More multi-coloured tulip artwork.

More multi-coloured tulip artwork.

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Do you think he's seen me?

Do you think he’s seen me?

Dunsborough park Gardens: More yellow and white tulips.

More yellow and white tulips.

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Pastel Colours.

Pastel Colours.

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Orange tulips again. Magnificent.

Orange tulips again. Magnificent.

We have just so many wonderful pictures of Dunsborough Park Gardens. Sit back and enjoy the rest of the show!

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Phew! How about a cup of tea before the secret gardens?

We went last Saturday, on a glorious sunny day when the refreshments were provided by Shooting Star Chase Children”s Hospice Charity.

 

Now Anne and Bobby have a legendary appetite for cakes. You should have seen the look on their faces when they saw a sea of home made cakes set out for the visitors to enjoy while supporting the charity. They were so popular, and the scene so reminiscent of a posh garden party, that we half expected Her Majesty to walk round the corner. It was so warm that they had to indulge in elevenses, onesies and threesies! In cake!

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

 

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

The Secret Gardens.

This is my interpretation of what came next, and not called “Secret Gardens” by the owners.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens. “Hello Linda Utting". Bobby’s workfriend from days gone by.

“Hello Linda Utting”. Bobby’s workfriend from days gone by.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens. Nice smell, Viburnum.

Nice smell, Viburnum

And the glorious mixed tulips meadow:

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Dunsborough Park Gardens.

Lighting a Candle for Diddley

You will see from “information’ above that Dunsborough Park is built on the lands of Newark Abbey. The ruined abbey can still be seen close by across the water meadows of the River Wey. So this week, we are lighting a virtual candle looking back over the centuries.

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Lighting a Candle for Diddley - Newark Abbey ruins.

Newark Abbey ruins.

Dunsborough Park Gardens. Newark Abbey Ruins.

Dunsborough Park Gardens: Lighting a Candle for Diddley.

Lighting a candle for Diddley.

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  1. Bernard says:

    Certainly a gem of a place.

  2. kath says:

    lovely to see the pictures of sunshine and people in summer clothes!

  3. Bertie says:

    A radio gardener has a prunus tree that came into flower that weekend and all the flowers fell off three days later. Three day spring. As you say everybody was happy. A pleasure just to sit there.

  4. Phil Barnett says:

    Beautiful pictures

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