Thursday, 5 May 2011

Mabel Attwell's Hidden Gem

Yesterday I visited a garden in Eastbourne open for the NGS. Ocklynge Manor was once the home of Mabel Lucie Attwell, the Peter Pan illustrator. It is set in a plot of just under half an acre, surrounded by high flint walls, set in an ordinary suburban street near the town centre. The planting was focussed mainly into small island beds, plus several large pots of rhododendrons. It was the atmosphere that was special, so intimate due to the high walls, plus the gentle chatter and clink of teacups from the many visitors enjoying the calm space.

I was fascinated by a little raised structure in the corner of the garden, which is believed to be an old look-out tower for passing stagecoaches from London to Eastbourne in the 18th Century.

It would be unfair of me to recommend travelling a long way to see this garden, but if you happen to be in the Eastbourne area when it's open, it's well worth a look. See the NGS website for details.

1 comment:

  1. Martin, the beauty is only revealed when the pictures are opened full size. (Any relation to Winifred)