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Building a large garden on a budget

Compton Acres Garden Wednesday 14 May 2014

Compton Acres Garden is “10 Acres of Beautiful Gardens” in Poole, Dorset. We visited in the second week of May 2014 just as the Rhododendrons and Azaleas were coming into bloom – Stunning!

The gardens were built in 1924 and are of late Victorian Mixed Style design including seven distinct gardens including Roman, Grotto, Italian, Palm Court (I love how corny that is!), Wooded valley, Rock Garden, Water Garden, Winter Garden. Heather Garden, a Memory Garden (a tribute to their son, an RAF pilot killed in WWII, and both daughters lost to Polio) and finally a spectacular and stunning Japanese Garden – although I think Japanese gardens outside Japan rarely live up to my expectations, but “[i]Oriental Influence Garden[/i]” doesn’t sound anything like as much fun!

Italian Garden

Italian Garden

Italian

Italian

Italian Garden

Italian Garden

Palm Court

Palm Court

Palm Court Pond

Palm Court Pond

Wooded Valley

Wooded Valley

Wooded Valley Tiger

Wooded Valley Tiger

Wooded Valley

Wooded Valley

Wooded Valley Rhododendron

Wooded Valley Rhododendron

Wooded Valley

Wooded Valley

Wooded Valley

Wooded Valley

Wooded Valley

Wooded Valley

Wooded Valley

Wooded Valley

Water Garden

Water Garden

Water Garden Bridge

Water Garden Bridge

Water Garden

Water Garden

Water Garden

Water Garden

Weeping Copper Beech

Weeping Copper Beech

Cryptomeria japonica spiralis

Cryptomeria japonica spiralis

Juniperus recurva var. coxii

Juniperus recurva var. coxii

Juniperus recurva var. coxii

Juniperus recurva var. coxii

Pinus patula

Pinus patula

Pinus patula

Pinus patula

Pinus patula

Pinus patula

Water Garden

Water Garden

Water Garden

Water Garden

Water Garden

Water Garden

Harbour View

Harbour View

Memory Garden

Memory Garden

Phyllostachys vivax aureocaulis

Phyllostachys vivax aureocaulis

Phyllostachys vivax aureocaulis - Size and Scale

Phyllostachys vivax aureocaulis – Size and Scale

Phyllostachys vivax aureocaulis

Phyllostachys vivax aureocaulis

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese Torii

Japanese Torii

Japanese Torii Dragon

Japanese Torii Dragon

Japanese Torii Dragon

Japanese Torii Dragon

Japanese Torii

Japanese Torii

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese Pavillion

Japanese Pavillion

Japanese Pavillion

Japanese Pavillion

Japanese Pavillion

Japanese Pavillion

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese (May 2014)

Japanese (May 2015)

Japanese (May 2015)

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese Snake Bark Acer

Japanese Snake Bark Acer

Japanese Snake Bark Acer

Japanese Snake Bark Acer

Japanese Snake Bark Acer

Japanese Snake Bark Acer

Japanese - Climb to Obolisk

Japanese – Climb to Obolisk

Japanese - View from Obolisk

Japanese – View from Obolisk

Japanese - View from Obolisk

Japanese – View from Obolisk

Japanese

Japanese – View from Obolisk

Japanese Pavilion

Japanese Pavilion

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese

Japanese

Pillar and Chain

Pillar and Chain

Arch

Arch

Bamboo Path Markers

Bamboo Path Markers

Bamboo Path Markers

Bamboo Path Markers

 

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