• Potager perfection

    An Evening at Allt-y-bela

    2nd July 2015Stephanie's BlogStephanie Donaldson

    Arne is one of our foremost garden designers, so his own garden – tucked away in its own private valley – is somewhere pretty special and the opportunity to visit it is not to be missed. We were invited by friends to a performance of Much Ado About Nothing staged in his new Green Theatre – with time to wander and admire the garden before the performance. The characterful medieval farmhouse with its Renaissaince tower is the perfect centrepiece around which the garden revolves with its mixture of structural topiary, soft romantic planting, envy-inducing potager and brimming wildflower meadows. The garden is not open to the public, but there’s a series of gardening courses that run until September and B&B is sometimes available (but not when courses are running). Prices are top end – but so is the tuition and accommodation.

    immaculately trained wisteria

    The front of Allt y bela with pleached crab apples and immaculately trained wisteria

    climbers against wall

    The rear elevation of the house

    The rear elevation of the house

    neat organic shapes in Arne Maynard's garden

    Potager perfection

    Potager perfection

    veg garden

    bird scarer made from a potato and feathers

    The potato and feather bird scarer moves gently in the wind – definitely worth copying

    hand made arbour

    One of the birch, willow and hazel arbours in the potager

    overflowing garden border

    Borders overflow with flowers

    Roses tumble down walls

    Roses tumble down walls

    stream separates garden and prevents flooding

    The audience watching the performance with the stage the other side of the walled stream that prevents the garden flooding in winter

    cast salute the audience in Arne Maynard's garden

    Wildflower meadows grow at the edge the gardens

    Wildflower meadows edge the garden

    iris bronze beauty

    Arne has planted Iris ‘Bronze Beauty’ in the meadow above the Green Theatre