The garden of Tintinhull is a little gem located on 2 acres in Somerset, England. The gardens that are visited today were created in the twentieth century around a house built in the seventeenth century and reflect the designers’ keen knowledge of plant material and good color sense. The unique use of space employed by the designer makes the garden appear larger than it really is and the interesting planting schemes and variety and range of plant material provide interest from April to September.
The garden consists of a series of garden rooms separated from each other by clipped hedges. Upon entering the garden the visitor can look down a long path punctuated by spaced mounds of clipped boxwood and adorned with majestic eagles that give the area its name, Eagle Court. The boxwoods are repeated in the next garden room that features a variety of flowering shrubs. A circular fountain pool in the next area is complemented by a white garden featuring plants in white, silver and blue. A kitchen garden that includes ornamental plants such as roses leads to the Pool Garden featuring a long rectangular pool in the center and beautiful borders created with bulbs, shrubs, trees, and flowering herbaceous plants in fabulous color combinations. The Cedar Court with its gorgeous magnolias and huge Cedar of Lebanon conclude this great garden visit.
This is a small garden by English standards and less famous than others but it is my all time favorite English garden. My husband feels the same way and it is a MUST SEE for both of us whenever we go to England!