Droxford Village Community
Longstock Water Gardens visit – Thursday 6 June 2019
The Club had its first garden visit of the summer season on Thursday 6 June when a group visited Longstock Water Gardens, which is part of the Leckford Estate owned by John Lewis & Partners.
We were met by the Head Gardener who gave us a brief history of the site and an insight into the work that goes into keeping the gardens in top class condition. The land was originally purchased by the Beddington family in the early 1900’s and a water gardens was established then. The estate was bought by John Spedan Lewis in 1942 and the water gardens were further developed into the size of today. On his death, Lewis left the estate to John Lewis Partnership (now John Lewis & Partners) on the understanding that the estate would be kept for the enjoyment of staff and maintained correctly.
As to be expected from water gardens, there were some stunning examples of hostas – mostly completely free from damage from slugs and snails, courtesy of good housekeeping practises. There was a wide range of very mature trees, flourishing due to a great water supply. There was a real feel of a Japanese garden with little bridges over the water, great use of reflections of plants and trees in the pools of water and bamboo, acers and other Japanese style planting.
A couple of hours of wandering the gardens was followed up by a refreshing ginger beer and a slice of cake in the café and a wander through the well-stocked nursery to avail ourselves of a reminder of a lovely early summer afternoon in the sun.