Westbury Court Gardens, Westbury on Severn

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Westbury Court Garden is a Dutch water garden in Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire, England, 9mi southwest of Gloucester.It was laid out in 1696–1705, a rare survival not to have been replaced in the 18th century by a naturalistic garden landscape as popularised by Capability Brown. It is situated facing the high street of the rural village, extending on low-lying water meadows adjacent to the River Severn; the flat watery ground makes the site well suited to a Dutch-style garden, of which Westbury is the outstanding survival in Britain.The garden's centrepiece is a 137m long canal (illustration, right), centred on a two-storey Dutch style red-brick pavilion at one end and a large wrought iron gate in the wall at the far end, designed to extend the vista from the pavilion out into the surrounding countryside. The main canal is flanked by yew and holly topiary in pyramids and balls. A second red-brick building, a summer house built in 1702–04, overlooks a T-shaped canal running parallel to the main canal. Behind the summer house is a small walled garden of cottage plants and beyond the water garden is an orchard of fruit trees, which also contains an ancient evergreen oak planted in the 17th century, the largest ever recorded, it is also claimed to be the oldest in England.
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  • I managed to visit the gardens on a very stormy day, so the heavy rain had spoilt some of the flowers. The gardens are well worth a visit and give some ideas for which plants to use in your own garden...  more »
  • We have been a member of the National Trust now for over 2 years, and have never been to our local gardens at Westbury on Severn. What a great place to visit, beautiful Dutch Gardens and Water feature...  more »
  • Visited here with my daughter and my friend and her daughter but didnt realise it would be so small. Greeted by a lovely lady when we went in, asked the girls if they would like to feed the fish and g...  more »