To understand this garden it is important to know something about the two owners. It is a deeply personal space created by Sir Roy Strong and his late wife Dr Julia Trevelyan Oman reflecting their lives, loves, interests and careers
Following their marriage in 1973, they purchased this early Victorian house set on the corner of a four acre triangular plot in Herefordshire, the land amounted to nothing more than a field
From the entrance pillars that lead you into the garden to the last exit it is obvious whose garden is being visited! It provokes strong feelings amongst visitors - love, not sure, or even dislike.
It is not possible to visit the garden as an individual. Admission to the grounds is open to groups of 20 or more only, one in the morning and one in the afternoon for 2 days per week - I went with my Fine Art Society
My feelings are that a garden does not have to be 'one size fits all' or conform to any particular stereotypical style.
What pleases one eye will not necessarily appeal to another
Since Julia's death in 2003 Sir Roy Strong has embellished the outside of the early Victorian house so that it now resembles one from the Georgian Period. In the garden too he has reconfigured it and added many more features
Nymphaeum - an Italianate tableau constructed this year to mark Sir Roy's 80th birthday. The statue in the middle of the grotto is Apollo.
The criteria for me when visiting a new garden is whether I enjoy walking through it, hopefully spying some, new to me, flowers and seeing interesting ideas and surprises along the way - Laskett fulfilled that briefI should have listened more closely to my audio guide! Is this stone plaque on the house wall Sir Roy Strong? - after all he has written a book called 'The Cult of Elizabeth'
image from The National Portrait Gallery, Londonhere he is dressed as an Elizabethan gentleman - what do you think?
It appears to link with this creation of an Elizabethan Tudor Avenue which comes
Gateway leading to the Colonnade Court - originally a kitchen garden. The area is now a concourse for events
Stag - just look at those golden antlers!The lead artichoke sculpture appealed to me - thank goodness the gold leaf has been kept well away from it!
Silver Jubilee garden
Diamond Jubilee Urn
I have probably shown about a third of the Laskett Garden here. It was a garden that I enjoyed wandering through with lots of surprises down each pathway and around every corner.
My only comment would be that I personally would not have so many garden statues, urns, and buildings, nor cover stone with paint and gold leaf,but it was a visit that I enjoyed and so did the majority of our group