East Lambrook Manor

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East Lambrook Manor

East Lambrook Manor is a small 15th-century manor house in East Lambrook, Somerset, England. It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building,[1] and is surrounded by a 'cottage garden' planted by Margery Fish from 1938 until her death in 1969.[2] The garden is Grade I listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England.[3]


The two-storey house, was originally built as an open hall-house. It which was designated a Grade II* listed building in 1959,[1] was built of Somerset hamstone in the 15th and 16th centuries.[4] It was a disused chicken farm, built of limestone, which had fallen into disrepair until the restoration in the 1930s.[4][5]


East Lambrook Manor Gardens
Type Cottage Garden
Location East Lambrook, Somerset, England
Coordinates 50°58′00″N 2°48′40″W / 50.9667°N 2.811°W / 50.9667; -2.811Coordinates: 50°58′00″N 2°48′40″W / 50.9667°N 2.811°W / 50.9667; -2.811
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Plants Geraniums, euphorbias, helleborus, snowdrops, roses, rare and unusual cottage garden plants
Collections National Collection of Geraniums
Website http://www.eastlambrook.co.uk/

Margery Fish and her husband Walter Fish bought East Lambrook Manor in 1937 for £1000. They had several terraces constructued in 1938.[6] She described the informal planting style as jungle gardening.[7] She wrote several books on cottage gardens, she laid out the 2 acres (0.81 ha) gardens which hold the National Collection of Geraniums,[8] and a collection of snowdrops.[9]

Several plants are named after the garden including: the silver-leafed wormwood Artemisia absinthium 'Lambrook Silver',[10] the spurge Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii, 'Lambrook Gold', and the primrose Primula 'Lambrook Mauve'.[11]

The garden has been restored since 1985 into the state it was left at the time of Fish's death in 1969.[12] It was awarded Grade I status by English Heritage in 1992.[13] In 2011, the gardens were opened for a horticulture course, the East Lambrook Diploma in Horticulture, which covers both theoretical and practical gardening.[14]

East Lambrook Manor gardens are open to the public, and entered through the Malthouse, a stone building within the gardens which also contains a gallery and a café. Behind the Malthouse is an area known as the 'Ditch', which originally had water flowing through it and Fish planted moisture liking plants, but as the water no longer flows through the Ditch it has been replanted as a sunken garden. To the east of the house is the Silver Garden, which includes Mediterranean plants, often with silver leaves.[15]


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  2. ^ "East Lambrook Manor Gardens". Visit Somerset. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "East Lambrook Manor". National Heritage List for England. Historic England. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "East Lambrook Manor Garden, East Lambrook". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  5. ^ Ford, Sarah (1 June 2015). "East Lambrook Manor Gardens". Somerset Life. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "East Lambrook Manor, Taunton, England". Parks & Gardens UK. Parks and Gardens Data Services. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  7. ^ Bond, James (1998). Somerset Parks and Gardens. Somerset Books. p. 140. ISBN 978-0861834655. 
  8. ^ "East Lambrook Manor Garden". Gardenvisit.com. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  9. ^ Bourne, Val (2008-01-04). "Snowdrops: White magic". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  10. ^ Plumptree, George (1985). Collins Book of British Gardens. London: Collins. pp. 272–273. ISBN 0002166410. 
  11. ^ Howcroft, Heidi (2015). First Ladies of Gardening: Designers, Dreamers and Divas. Frances Lincoln. ISBN 9781781011959. 
  12. ^ "East Lambrook Manor Garden". Sisley Garden Tours. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "East Lambrook Manor Gardens leaflet" (PDF). Somerset Routes. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  14. ^ Sowden, Steve (27 August 2011). "East Lambrook diploma is a hit with students". This is the west country. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  15. ^ Clayton, Phil (June 2014). "The Garden: East Lambrook Manor Gardens" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. pp. 42–43. Retrieved 31 August 2016.