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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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