The Garden

Through the centuries the gardens have undergone many transformations, from 13th century vegetable enclosures, through Tudor development including a sunken feature, to fresh neglect during 1939-1945.

Mrs. Elizabeth MacLeod Matthews  was responsible for rescuing and adding to the gardens since the late 1950s.

Throughout the garden, permanent herbaceous plantings and shrubs are complemented by two distinct main seasonal plantings, for Spring and Summer.

Chenies Manor. Winner of the Historic Houses Association & Christie’s Garden of the Year 2009 Award. The Gardens in their present form are  divided into a series of compartments, with various colour themes and structural forms, combining imaginative plantings and beautiful plant associations.

Francesca Greenoak, writing for the Royal Horticultural Society magazine The Garden observed:

“For several years now Elizabeth MacLeod Matthews has directed her skill, that of assembling beautiful plant associations, towards the most tumultuously coloured of plants; tulips. Among the vanguard in rehabilitating tulips as garden plants and using them with other spring foliage and blooms, she has refined her palette to daub the sometimes gloomy days of Easter with brightness and elegance.”

This summer the garden will have a large display of dahlias which will be on show from July to the first frosts among a host of other tender perennials which will fill the garden with style and colours which complement the permanent plantings.

A fuller idea of the plant associations which succeed one another can be found in The Garden Year.

Among these are:-

  • The Sunken Garden
  • The White Garden
  • The South Border
  • The Rose Border
  • The Physic Garden
  • The Parterre with its Yew Maze
  • The Kitchen Garden with the orchard and Penitential Maze.