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JAN-FEB 2019

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eminent sense at Gravetye, which is set in the bucolic Ashdown Forest (home of Winnie-the-Pooh's fictional Hundred Acre Wood). Naturalistic plantings are key to this concept of borrowed landscape, though there is great effort to achieve this effortless look. Quips Coward, "The irony is that you have to work very hard to make it look like you've done nothing at all." To honor the manor's 60th year as a hotel, in 2018 the Michelin-starred restaurant received a striking new glass- walled dining pavilion, and the adjacent garden was replanted to maximize diners' year-round enjoyment. While the grounds pay tribute to Robinson's original vision and plantings, they are not set in aspic. "The garden changes through the day and through the seasons and year to year, because we're always trying new things," Coward says. "Robinson was very innovative, and I'm sure he would approve." Robinson made Gravetye "the paradigm in which house, garden, fields, and forest are united in a pastoral work of art as quintessentially English as a painting by Constable," wrote landscape designer Elizabeth Barlow Rogers. From the riot of spring tulips to summer's profuse borders, from meadow wildflower tapestries to painterly plates of produce, Gravetye Manor's cultivated bounty delights the senses. For more information, see Sources, page 84

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