Jan Robertson organises a series of outing to various gardens. This visit in September was on a slightly overcast day but dry for most of the visit.
These pictures record the event. Thanks to the Estate's lovely Barn & Friends for making us so welcome & providing us with tea and home made cakes and warmth.
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The Maldon U3A Gardening Group walking into the Arboretum.
Photographs by John Bowen
Looking across the Lake to the Hornbeam Hedge
planted to the design of Ms Brits von Schoenaich in 1998.
The hedge is to provide an "openness" - which it does.
The plaques below are to commerate the fact that behind Marks Hall there was a very large airfield during WWII, used bu both the RAF and the American Airforce.
The Moose was constructed out of thick Plywood and was at least 7ft high (20 Hands?).
Looking down the 450ft long paved area, planted with rocket-flowered echiums,
acacia, and a very fine Azara Microphylla (a small evergreen tree with a
vanilla-scented blossom in late winter).
The lower border is a foliage tapestry of Mediterranean shrubs such as
Rosemary, Santolina, and silver Teucrium, fruticans, interspersed with
coppery Pennisetum orientale grasses.
Thank you Jan & the Gardening Committee for arranging such a pleasent afternoon. The weather was kind to us as well - it rained the next day.
The Garden and Arboretum at Marks Hall,
Coggeshall, Essex, CO16 1TG are open from November to Easter on Fridays Saturdays & Sundays, 10.30am until dusk.
During the summer months - longer.
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