Previously densely planted with a mixture of deciduous and evergreen trees, this area has been dramatically changed in the last 70 years.
Miss Raphael, owner between 1939 and 1976, had this area dramatically changed. Deciduous and evergreen trees were removed and in the cleared area, potatoes were planted during the war period. The ground was then being prepared for the planting of the wide range of plants she had chosen for her woodland garden. Familiar with many gardens both at home and abroad, the garden boasts some truly wonderful plants thanks to her adventurous choices.
Then and now, it was intended to be a garden for the whole year round. Cornus kousa, Cornus controversa variegata, Magnolia campbellii, magnolia heptpeta, Rhodotyphus scandens, Stewartia pseudocamellia, Illicium henryii, pterocarya Fraxinifolia and Euchryphia x intermedia Rostreveor are just some of the large plants flourishing today.