The grounds of a cathedral doesn’t sound the most promising place to find an interesting garden but we had heard good things about the gardens at Wells Cathedral , so when visiting the cathedral itself we just had to have a look.
It turned out to be an excellent idea as we found the bishop’s garden to be full of interest and atmosphere. Come for a wander and see if you agree! The garden sits well with the architecture which encloses it or sits within it. At times the plants climb the walls or scramble over ruins. At times the architecture is a backdrop and the colours of the stone and brick act as a great foil for the colour of foliage and flower.
It is a garden of plants and walls.
We found sculpture in several styles and from different eras within the garden.
The planting was well thought out with interesting combinations.
White stemmed Birches bleached in the brightness of the day looked so at home against the white of the stone.
Overall the garden design was informal but in an area enclosed by buildings we found a more formally structured garden. In the borders within the formal structure the planting was ebullient and lively.
Part of the garden had been given over to the local community to use as a communal garden including allotments.
So the discovery of the Bishops Garden proved to be an unexpected treat, a place full of delights, tumbling ruins, rich plantings and sculpture.