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‘A Garden is the Purest of Human Pleasure.
It is the Greatest Refreshment to the Spirits of Man’

Francis Bacon
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History of Gardens

Egyptian tomb paintings of the 16th century BC are some of the earliest examples of ornamental horticulture. In Persia, Paradise Gardens were created while the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

There is no evidence of ornamental gardens in Britain before the Romans introduced the art in the 1st century AD.

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Heale Garden

The attractive gardens at Heale House were restored at the beginning of the twentieth century by Harold Peto.

In February don’t miss the north side of the garden with its carpet of snowdrops and aconites.

Explore the partly walled vegetable garden with its stunning apple and pear tunnels.

Wander through the woodland garden with its authentic Japanese tea-house and...

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