Spend a day at The Dower House Garden

Bridgnorth, Shropshire

The Dower House Garden occupies a 1.5 acre site within the grounds of the National Trust’s Morville Hall, near Bridgnorth in Shropshire.

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The garden was designed by Dr Katherine Swift, the garden historian and writer, who has lived at The Dower House since 1988. The garden aims to tell the history of English gardening in a sequence of separate gardens designed in the style of different historical periods. Particular attention is given to the use of authentic plants and construction techniques. Old roses are a speciality of the garden.

There is a Plum Walk along the west side of the garden underplanted with autumn crocus, an Iris Border along the wall at the top of the garden, and a Snowdrop Walk along the east side. Finally there is the small formal Ivy Garden beside the house, where in summer Katherine serves her ‘famous’ cream teas.

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