These fabulous gardens were the Victorian equivalent of a theme park and were available for hire by anyone who wanted to throw a party! Even Thomas Hardy danced at one of these events.
They were created by General Pitt Rivers, pioneering archeologist and a veteran on Crimea and Ireland. An area of public enlightenment and entertainment was his vision. Now the gardens are recognized as a ‘Garden of National Importance’ by English Heritage and they still feature majestic trees and impressive, ornately decorated buildings.
In Spring, the gardens and the woodland are a veritable riot of colour, Camellias, Rhododendrons being partly responsible. The riots continue throughout summer, when Eucryphia over the ponds make a pretty impressive, and into autumn when the spectacle is breathtaking.
If you’re staying at Plumber Manor, one of the loveliest country house hotels near the Larmer Tree Gardens, during July, you really ought to book into the Larmer Tree Festival, five days of fabulous music from an amazing line-up, workshops and theatre.
‘the spectacle is breathtaking.’