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bradenham hall and dale farm

July 2013

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For long periods of time, the house has been tenanted rather than lived in by the owners and reputedly amongst these tenants was Lady Hamilton, who is said to have entertained Lord Nelson as a guest.   Since the house was built in about 1740, it had been owned principally by the Smyth, Haggard (Rider's dog 'Spice' is buried here) and Penrose families until 1951 when Dick & Jane Allhusen bought it, together with 1500 acres of surrounding land and woods. 

The present owners have a cutting garden and a rose garden and herbaceous border which is beautifully designed and maintained.   The delphiniums were particularly magnificent, wonderfully richly coloured and upright.   GPS below

Datura suaveolens - angel's trumpet

Pink striped clematis

Deep violet clematis

Oenothera tetragona

Gaillardia - blanket flower

Alstroemeria hybrids

Shady seat

Long herbaceous border

Leucanthemum 'Sonnenschein'

Delphiniums - cream and deep purple

Austin rose

Delphiniums - sky blue

Delphiniums - deep purple


Orange lily


Rosa 'Golden Wings'



Through the arch

Hardy planters and the herbaceous border

Dark red purple clematis

Fuchsia in the courtyard

Rosa 'Silver Jubilee'

Pastel rose

Peach hemerocallis



Rosa 'Handel'

Bradenham Hall


Bradenham Hall

Bradenham Hall

We had our picnic lunch at Bradenham Hall then went on to Dale Farm where the planting reflected the enthusiasm and flair of the owners.   They started the garden recently, creating everything including the spring fed lake from scratch.   They keep the planting fresh by including annuals and other seed grown plants.  

GPS map below



Gravel garden

Stipa gigantea


Primula florindae

Around the lake

Iris laevigata 'Rose Queen'


Cow parsley sculpture

Lily pads

Wooden art and birch trees

There were many sculptures in the garden.   The cow parsley was made by the local blacksmith

Wonderful planting

Inula helenium

White stemmed birch


Berkheya purpurea unusual plant, seed available from Thompson and Morgan

Opium poppy

White poppy

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