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  • Thank you

    A huge thank you to all the shops, businesses, hostelries, organisations and homes on the judging route who made a valiant effort for the the Britain in Bloom Judge on Thursday 29 July. We know there are many who regularly sweep their frontages and put out flowers all years around, which is absolutely wonderful, but we are also grateful to those wh...
  • No more sleeps!

    We welcomed RHS Judge Rod Pooley to Marlborough on Thursday, 29 July. He's pictured with Val Compton (missing her trademark dungarees!), Town Mayor Councillor Mark Cooper, Assistant Town Clerk Clare Harris and Grounds Manager Nigel Weatherly before they set out on a tour of the town, stopping for lunch at gold-winning The Lamb Inn. Once the judging...
  • 29 July is judging day!

    Thursday 29th July is the big day! The judges are arriving at 10am and will be guided around a route, specifically chosen to take in the highlights of the town. Starting and finishing at the Town Hall, the route will zig zag down the High Street, meander through Priory Gardens, into and along Coopers Meadow, through The Parade, finishing up in Wye...

Marlborough In Bloom 2021

The Merchant's House Garden

In 1991 a programme of restoration began to restore The Merchant's House on the High Street to its 1680 form when it was lived in by Thomas Bayly, a wealthy silk merchant, his wife and nine children. In 2007 a 17th Century-style garden was designed by Jeffrey Galvin Wright in the style of a formal yet utilitarian Town House garden of a Puritan family in the mid to late 17th C.

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The garden is on three levels: the paved terrace, a parterre and a small orchard. The garden is authentic in every way, from design and hard landscaping to plants, shrubs, and a small orchard all pre-1700 and still available today. The herb garden is stocked with 17 herbs, as used in the 17th C and before, for both medicinal and culinary purposes.

A team of volunteers look after the garden and visitors enjoy the peace and tranquillity it offers. Children on school visits or holiday activities learn about herbs being used for medicinal purposes as well as for flavouring. To raise funds for the maintenance of the house and garden, there is an Open Gardens Day in June, showcasing local gardens within easy reach of the High Street.

Below are some beautiful photos of the garden in Spring, courtesy of Ian Leonard.

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