Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Dartington Hall Gardens - Part II

In the last post we began our tour of DARTINGTON HALL GARDENS .   We'd just walked past the Great Hall and the White Hart Pub to catch the first glimpse of the garden...


This amazing garden is called the Tiltyard.  You can image people sitting on the step like terraces as knights joust below.


It was difficult to choose which path to take but we decided to keep to the right and go in search of more colourful leaves.


We came upon the beautiful Swan Fountain.  Look closely, at first I thought there was only one swan.


There are two swans entwined.  Swans are a symbol of fidelity, they mate for life.



I could have stayed here for hours but there was no time to waste.  We could see the storm moving in and there was more to see.


We were looking for Flora.  The map pointed us down a path lined with trees full of golden foliage.


We could just see her at the end of the path when something caught my eye.


On the mossy branches of the trees were compete gardens in miniature. The plants look as if they should be underwater corals.


Now the clouds were darkening and we could feel misty drops of rain.  We  hurried up the path to find Flora.


At the end of the path, stood the 17th century statue and this is were I will leave you for this part of our visit to Dartington Hall Gardens.  We still have lots to see.  Hope the weather holds out for us.

12 comments:

  1. The tree branches are absolutely fascinating, and so pretty. I really like the swan fountain, and the meaning behind it. I also like the moss growing there.
    Going back to read parts one and two now!

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    1. It is a beautiful garden and I am delighted to be able to share it with you. Part 3 is now on the blog. What until you see the donkey!

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  2. Plus de feuilles ici…terminé ! Un bien beau jardin.

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    1. It is a wonderful garden and very close to my home. : )

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  3. Great to see you had a lovely time exploring the gardens at Dartington Hall - are you happy for me to post a link to your blog on our website to give a customer perspective.

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    1. I would be very happy for you to post a link to my blog. I have just added another blog post featuring the Henry Moore statue and the donkey. I can't wait until my next visit. Thank you!

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  4. Thank you for a lovely guided tour of the gardens and your macro shot of the moss is stunning.

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    1. It was my pleasure! I am fascinated by that moss.

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  5. Wonderful, Deb! Thanks for showing us around. This is a typical English place (at least, what I think as German that is typical English!) - the great historic house, the wonderful garden - I really would like to be there.

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    1. It's a wonderful place to visit. It has a great history and is still a school for art, sustainability and social justice.

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  6. Fabulous photos Debs - the moss leaves are easily my favourite!

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