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JAN-FEB 2019

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There is something magical about the house and its gardens that goes beyond bricks and mortar. It is an intangible quality that arises, I believe, from all that has taken place here over the last 420 years. —ELIZABETH HOSKING ABOVE: The back porch leading to the flower garden with 'Morning Light' miscanthus and larkspur RIGHT: A stone pot anchors a mass of colorful 'Fragrant Jewel' hebe. grounds with the help of eight full-time gardeners. "A lot of people come specifically for the garden," says head gardener Tom Coward, whose 30-acre domain includes the flower garden, the walled kitchen garden, two acres of orchards, wildflower-strewn meadows, and a croquet lawn. "We grow everything here and use everything we grow." The cultivated areas supply the hotel with cut flowers, just-picked produce, fresh apple juice, and deep pockets of natural beauty. In winter, Coward and his staff plan the year ahead, from seed orders to edible crop rotations, and give plants a head start in the estate's glass houses and cold frames. "Winter shows off the structure of the garden and the landscape beyond," he says. "It's my favorite season. You can do a lot with the perennials that remain, evergreens, and heathers, which then blend into early-season bulbs." Robinson believed the garden should blend into its untamed surroundings. This makes Story continues on page 60 56 | J A N U A R Y/ F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9

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