Venerable Boxwood at the Front of Barnsley House
Irish Yew Allee and Rose Rock Path
Richard Gatenby, Head Gardener since 1999, leads our Tour
The Herb Garden
Simon Verity Obelisks at the Entrance to the Winter Walk
View Across the Lawn to the Herb Garden
Simon Verity Stone Gardener Right of the Gate Leading to the Potager
Stone Garder to the Left
The Huge Leaves of an Ornamental Rhubarb in the Broad Border
Apple Trees in the Potager
Barnsley House Lawn brought up to date with Sleek Modern Chaise Lounges
I have been wanting to see Barnsley House, the garden of the late Rosemary Verey, ever since her book, The American Man's Garden, inspired me to make a real effort at creating my own garden in the early 1990's. I was fortunate enough to meet her in person at talk in 1999 at the Glebe House in Woodbury, CT. She had a bit of her twinkle in her eye that lend one to believe that she wasn't entirely the staid English lady that photographs of her in flowered print dresses might suggest.
Since Verey died in 2001, the house and garden were sold and made into an elegant boutique hotel. Fortunately, the head gardener, Richard Gatenby, has remained on staff creating a link with the garden's creator. The garden is much smaller than one might expect after reading her book, We Made a Garden.
After a delicious lunch at the nearby village pub, also operated by the same firm that owns Barnsley House, we had a guided tour through the garden with Richard. He has done an excellent job keeping this famous garden intact while making the necessary changes that a garden of this maturity requires. He spoke with reverence about "Mrs. Verey" and continues to artfully carry on her legacy.