Will and Jacqueline Petty have gardened at the Manor for over 17 years.

Over that time they have created striking ornamental features, wild meadows and deep flower borders.

They have planted over 100 varieties of trees. They have been fortunate enough to experiment with various planting schemes from wet shade to dry hot borders and everything inbetween! It is their signature garden and attracts large crowds when it is opened to the public.

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Main garden

The main garden consists of a rose garden with the star performer ‘Child of my Heart’, a charity rose chosen by Jacqueline. We have also built a new brick planter with steps and rose arches.  In the centre of the garden is a slate water ball built by us in 2014, also an ornamental brick bridge built in 2004.

There are also 2 large dahlias borders either side of a summer house planted in 2016.  The main border is predominantly shrubs many of which are specimen Acers. This bed was replanted in 2016.

Dry garden

This area was formally a sand school, so is very free-draining. We have used drought-tolerant planting using grasses, sedum, iris, nepeta and many others. The planting here has evolved over the last 10 years.


In the orchard we have apples, pears, quince and plums. We also have ornamental cherries. The walls around the orchard are adorned with climbing roses.

Acer glade

We have introduced approximately 20 specimen Acers into this area. The glade is  carpeted with daffodils in spring.  There is also a special feature of cloud-pruned box which we imagine is over 50 years old.

‘Magic’s pond’ wild life area

This area has been developed since 2008 when initially 5 Betula nigra where planted on the island. Since then we have introduced Pinus nigra, Malus, Larix decidua, Liquidambar, Sorbus and various Salix. In 2016 we built a bridge to the island and created a seating area.

Woodland garden including wet shade borders

The wet shade border was planted 2008.  This area has evolved gradually over the last 10 years. Plants include Rodgersia, Hostas, Ferns, Grasses and Rhododendrons.

Stag paddock

The paddock includes the stag shrub border, wide steps leading to the stag statue and wetland tree planting including Alnus, Metasequoia, Taxodium distichum and Willow.

Annual meadows

We have 2 areas dedicated to annual wild flower meadows in the bottom paddock and the other opposite the dry garden. We grow Palaver rheas (corn poppy), Anthemis austriaca (corn chamomile), Agrostemma githago (corn cockle), Glebionis segetum (corn marigold) and Centaura cyanus (corn flower).

Bottom paddock

A collection of trees with grass paths and a wild flower meadow.

The Trees of the Manor

Acer campestre | Acer buergerianum | Acer saccharam | Acer platanoides ‘Drummondii’ | Acer platanoides ‘Royal red’ | Acer platanoides ‘Crimson King’ | Acer psudoplatanus | Acer x freemanii ‘Autumn Blaze’ | Acer palmatum | Acer palmatum ‘Pixie’ | Acer palmatum ‘Red Wine’  | Acer palmatum ‘Jerre Schwartz’| Acer palmatum ‘Aka-shigitatsu-sawa’ | Acer palmatum ‘Asahi-zuru’  | Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Tamukeyama’ | Acer palmatum ‘Corallinum’ | Acer japonicum ‘Vitifolium’ | Acer palmatum ‘Suminagashi’  | Acer palmatum ‘Beni Hagoromo’ | Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ | Acer palmatum ‘Ornatum’ | Acer palmatum  dissectum ‘Garnet’ | Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’ | Acer palamtum ‘Koto no ito’ | Acer palmatum ‘Orange Dream’ | Acer palmatum ‘Seiryu’ | Acer Palmatum ‘Deshojo’ | Acer Palmatum ‘Dissectum Viridis’ | Acer Palmatum dissectum ‘Tamukeyama’ | Acer palmatum ‘Asahi-zuru’ | Acer palmatum ‘Aka-shigitatsu-sawa’ | Acer palmatum ‘Summer Gold’ | Acer pectinatum forrestii ‘Alice’ | Acer palmatum  ‘Inaba-shidare’ | Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ | Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’  | Acer palmatum ‘Fire Glow’ | Acer palmatum ‘Orangeola’ | Acer palmatum ‘Beni Komachi’  | Acer shirasawanum ‘Jorden’ | Acer palmatum ‘Shishigashira’ | Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’ | Acer palmatum ‘Green Globe’ | Acer palmatum ‘Emerald Lace’ | Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’ | Acer griseum | Araucaria araucana | Aesculus hippocastanum | Ailanthus altissima | Amelanchier lamarckii | Alnus minor | Alnus incana ‘Aurea’ | Altus glutinosa |

Betula pendula | Betula utilis var  jacquemontii | Betula nigra | Betula albosinensis ‘Fascination’ | Betula pendula ‘Youngii’ |

Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’ | Catalpa bignonioides ‘Aurea’ | Crataegus  monogyna | Crataegus persimilis ‘Prunifolia’ | Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ | Cercis siliquastrum | Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’ | Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ |

Dicksonia antartica |

Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea | Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea Pendula’ | Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’ | Fagus sylvatica ‘Dawyck Gold’ | Fagus sylvatica ‘Dawyck Purple’ | Fraxinus excelsior | Ficus carica |

Ginkgo biloba |

Ilex aquifolium |

Juglans regia Juglans nigra | Juniperus scopulorum ‘Blue Arrow’ |

Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’ | Liquidambar styracuflua ‘Lane Roberts’| Larix decidua ‘Puli’ | Larix decidua | Liriodendron tulipifera | Liriodendron tulipifera ‘Aureomarginatum’ | Laburnum x waterer ‘Vossii’ |

Metasequoia glyptostroboides | Malus x zumi ‘Golden Hornet’ | Malus x robusta ‘Red Sentinel’ | Malus ‘John Downie’ | Malus x moerlandsii ‘Profusion’ | Malus floribunda | Malus ‘Comtesse de Paris’ | Malus ‘Gorgeous’ | Malus ‘Rudolph’ | Malus trilobata ‘Guardsman’ | Morus nigra |

Platanus x acerifolia | Pinus nigra var. austriaca |Pinus sylvestris |Picea abies | Populus alba | Parrotia persica | Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ | Pyrus pashia | Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’ | Prunus x yedoensis | Prunus ‘Amanogawa’| Prunus ‘Shirotae’| Prunus ‘Accolade’ | Prunus ‘Umineko’  | Prunus sargentii | Prunus ‘Ukon’ | Prunus ‘Tai-haku’ | Prunus ‘Shirofugen’ | Prunus x hillier ‘Spire’ | Prunus serrula ‘Tibetica’ | Prunus padus ‘Watereri’ | Prunus ‘Kiku-shidare-zakura’ | Prunus avid ‘Plena’ | Prunus ‘Royal Burgundy’ |

Quercus robur | Quercus ilex | Quercus rubra |

Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’ |

Saphora japonica ‘Pendula’ | Saphora japonica | Sorbus aucuparia| Sorbus cashmiriana | Sorbus commixta ‘Olympic Flame’ | Sorbus pseudovilmorinii | Salix babyloniska var. pekinensis ‘Tortuosa’ | Salix babyloniska | Salix alba var. vitellina ‘Britzensis’ |

Taxodium distichum | Tagus baccata |

Ulmus minor |

Total 136 different varieties of tree ( approx )


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