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Godalming Museum Garden

This little garden at the back of Godalming Museum, on Godalming High Street, was originally laid out in the 1990's. About half of the garden is a replica of the architecture and planting of part of a property called 'Millmead' in Bramley which Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll planned together. This consists of a central summerhouse with box-edged beds on either side. The planting in these beds eventually grew over-mature, and were replanted in 2004. (click here to read a detailed description of this replanting).

The rest of the garden does not follow any existing Jekyll planting plan, but rather attempts to demonstrate her ideas. Four rambling roses are trained along chains, and Jekyll signature plants which enjoy hot dry conditions are planted at their feet. There is a small shady area which uses the sort of plants she would have grown in those sorts of conditions, and a sunnier border where red, yellow and orange flowering plants are grown with purple leaved foliage plants to demonstrate her use of hot colours.

The garden also serves as an outdoor café, and various container plantings are used to provide interest throughout the year. Godalming Museum has a very good Gertrude Jekyll display, and more information about the garden is available inside.