About Ashridge

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The Prospect Mound

The prospect mound

This grass mound is believed to date from Tudor times

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The Pine Spinneys

The pine spinneys

Circles of pines form two seperate spinneys

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Reptons Arbour

Reptons Arbour

Constructed in 1998 using wood from the garden and Ashridge Estate, this building was one of the proposals included in Repton’s initial plan, referred to as "a rustic seat in a grove", but not constructed by Wyatville.

The Bible Circle

The Bible Circle

A circle of incense cedars (Calocedrus decurrens), planted around a memorial to Gertrude, Countess of Pembroke, the eldest sister of Adelaide, wife of the 3rd Earl Brownlow.

Wellingtonia Avenue and Rhododendron Walk

Avenue of rhododendrons

The avenue of Wellingtonias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) was planted in 1858 on the axis with the house. The avenue has as its focal point the prospect mound believed to date from Tudor times.

The Arboretum

The Arboretum

Part of the expansion of the garden in the second half of the 19th century, the arboretum contains many specimen trees added to existing park planting. Trees include sweet chestnuts, Cedars of Lebanon and purple beech along with avenues of beech, Holm oak and Lawson’s cypress.

Herb Garden and Beech Houses

Herb gardenBeech Houses

Created in the late 19th century as a herb and lavender garden. This garden was redeveloped in 2005 using the original pattern Repton had proposed for the Rosary. This garden is dedicated to the memory of Kay N. Sanecki (1922-2005), former Garden Historian and Archivist at Ashridge House. Next to the Herb Garden are two impressive beech houses.

The Moat and Skating Pond

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A distinctive feature of the gardens, the skating pond was constructed before 1871, on the site of a fishpond, when Lady Marian Alford extended the gardens. The moat next to the pond originally contained water.

Perimeter Path and Lime Walk

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A line of yew trees leading to the path surrounding the Ashridge gardens.

Flower Garden

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In part a recreation of the early 19th century planting style proposed by Repton. A replica of a statue of Bacchus that stood in the garden until 1928 has a prominent position in the garden. A large block of Pudding Stone in the garden marks the former county boundary between Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Ancient Yews

Ancient Yew trees

Depicted on Repton’s original plan, a line of yews, possibly from the early 17th Century, together with shrubberies.

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Italian Garden

Italian Garden

Dating from the mid-19th Century, when Italianate gardens were very fashionable, this garden was designed by Lady Marian Alford.

Queen Victoria Oak

Oak tree

An outstanding oak planted by Princess Victoria in 1823.

Statue of Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth I statue

Replica of a statue of Queen Elizabeth I who once owned Ashridge House and spent time here during her early life.

The Terrace

The south terrace

Created in the late 19th Century, the Terrace takes the form of a box and yew parterre planted with seasonal bedding displays.

The Rosary

Rosary

Eight rose beds and a central fountain are surrounded by a yew hedge and climbing roses. This garden was adapted by Sir Jeffry Wyatville from an original proposal by Repton. The Rosary was restored in 1999 and replanted in 2010 with a range of roses that reflect the mid-Victorian period when this garden would have been in its heyday. The Rosary is complemented by a topiary box hedge.

Monks Garden

Monks Garden

Taking its name from another proposal by Repton, the Monks Garden was created by Wyatville. The Monks Garden today displays an armorial design, developed in the mid-19th century, representing four families that have been associated with Ashridge. Clockwise from top left the arms represent; Egerton, Brownlow, Compton and Cust. On the north side of the garden, there is an impressive collection of old fashioned roses suggested by Graham Stuart Thomas.

The Fernery

Fernery and garden

Designed by Matthew Digby Wyatt in 1864. This replaced a previous glasshouse and was dedicated solely to growing ferns which became very fashionable in the Victorian era. Nearby is a terracotta-style seat by Blashfield.

The Souterrein
and Grotto

The Grotto

The grotto area was designed in the form of an amphitheatre constructed with Hertfordshire Pudding Stone. There is a chamber to one side and a flint lined tunnel (souterrein) that links the grotto to the flower garden. The Mount above the grotto is believed to have been built with the rubble from the old house. The Cedars of Lebanon planted on top are believed to have been suggested by Repton.

The Dry Garden

Dry garden

This garden was created in 2002 and is a good example of a drought tolerant garden. The plants were irrigated when they were first planted and since then have had no artificial watering just relying on rainfall.

Lazell Garden

Lazell Garden

Created in 1972, this garden is the site of the former gardeners’ yard and is composed of heathers, conifers and maple around a limestone cascade and pool.

Liquidambar Walk

Autumn tree lined avenue

Planted in 1937 to commemorate the Coronation of King George VI, this unusual avenue of trees forms an impressive display of autumn colour.

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The Orangery

Image: Orangery

Built in 1817 as an extension of the house, the Orangery is now used as a library.