"It's a Sin
to be Dull"

Rosemary Verey
(1919 - 2001)

The Barnsley House Garden in the Cotswalds in Gloucestershire was the creation of well-known garden designer, Rosemary Verey. She and her husband purchased the property in the early 1950's. The story goes that her husband hired a professional garden designer but Rosemary soon decided that she could do the job herself.

Prince Charles has said "Mrs Verey makes gardening seem the easiest and most natural thing in the world".

The house and gardens were purchased in the past few years and are now a hotel. The 4 acre garden which has been featured on British television has colorful mixed borders, a knot garden, an extensive kitchen garden, laburnum walk.

Plants associated with the house include Lavatera x clementii 'Barnsley' and Geranium sanguineum 'Barnsley'.

Barnsley House Garden

This is a very beautiful, yet practical, English garden. Have lunch in a local pub in town and take the short walk to the gardens which have a magnificent array of plants. Especially pleasing is the laburnum walk which is covered with bright, yellow flowers throughout May. There is a working garden too which provides vegetables and greens for the guests dining at the hotel. Other attractions include a knot garden, lily pond, statuary, summer houses and a spring display of bulbs. Well worth a visit.

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