Docwra's Manor, Shepreth 5679

Shepreth, South Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, England

Brief Description

Dowcra's Manor Garden includes a number of distinct small gardens with hedges, walls, a pool and a lawn.

History

The gardens at Docwra's Manor were developed in the mid-20th century.

Visitor Facilities

Open Wednesday and Friday all year, and first Sunday of the month April to October. http://docwrasmanorgarden.co.uk/visitorinfo.htm

Detailed Description

The one hectare garden has been divided, using buildings, hedges and walls, to create themed areas such as the paved courtyard with pool, walled garden and main lawn with temple, a semi-wild garden and a winter garden, all filled with plants from the Mediterranean. Originally, John Raven intended to group plants botanically but there is now a more relaxed approach to planting.
Features
  • Hedge
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  • Garden Wall
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  • Lawn
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  • Pool
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  • Temple
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Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

Open Wednesday and Friday all year, and first Sunday of the month April to October. http://docwrasmanorgarden.co.uk/visitorinfo.htm
Authorities

Civil Parish

  • Shepreth
History

Detailed History

A botanist's garden of distinction made in the 1960s and 70s by John Raven who wrote the New Naturalist series volume ‘Mountain Flowers' with Dr. Max Walters (1965). The garden was developed starting in 1954. Since John Raven's death in 1979, the garden has been maintained by the present owner.
References

Contributors

  • Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust