• Astonished by Arundel

    31st July 2011Places to VisitStephanie Donaldson

    Collector Earl’s Garden at Arundel

    All the ornamentation is made from green oak

    Andrew & I had a day out in Arundel and visited the new Collector Earl’s Garden in the Castle’s walled garden. We last visited when it was under construction and it was more building site than garden.  Now that the green oak has weathered down to the same colour as the stone of the cathedral and the planting has matured it really is an extraordinary place.  It is a wonderful mixture of theatrical devices offset by lush planting.  I felt like punching the air and shouting ‘Yes!’ not because I was finding ideas to use in my own garden – but because I wasn’t – and I was free to just enjoy the experience.

    The fountain and rill are symbolic of the source of the river Arun

    The Park Temple with gilded antlers

    Looking along the rill to the Arun Fountain

    The lush planting effectively mixes tender and hardy plants