On Sunday we took a trip out to visit one of my favourite places in Hampshire – the enchanting Houghton Lodge just outside Stockbridge. It is always a real treat to see whats new in the garden and every turn provides a vignette for a painting. I particularly love the walled garden, the neat rows of vegetables and victorian cloches, the amazing variety of herbs and beautiful avenue of old apple trees. The Peacock Garden is also a favourite; colourful, quirky and fun with topiary peacocks and a view of Houghton House beyond. We were even lucky enough to meet Houghtons very own garden designer Andrew Bentley who was busy planting flowers in the Peacock Garden. His passion and gardening knowledge is truly awe inspiring. Visit his website at www.winchestergardener.co.uk
I have visited Hougton many times and drawn great inspiration from its glorious surroundings for my artwork. As an artist the gardens provide an unparalleled setting to explore creativity through drawing and painting and in doing so discover Houghtons unique beauty and charm. Heres a couple of my Houghton paintings!
Houghton Lodge is a picturesque 18th century Grade II* Historic House, idyllically set above the tranquil waters of the River Test in Stockbridge. Surrounded by glorious formal and informal gardens which create one of the finest private gardens in Hampshire.
Enjoy the peaceful Walled Garden with ancient fan trained peach and pear trees, you will find a beautiful herb garden, rose arbour, avenue of old apple trees and peony walk, the Peacock Parterre, Herbaceous Borders, Woodland & tranquil Riverside Walks. http://www.houghtonlodge.co.uk/