Nottingham University - The Walled Garden
w/e 15 May 2011
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

It's getting on for a year since we visited the Millennium Garden in the grounds of Nottingham University and I mentioned then that there were several more gardens on the campus that would be worth visiting at a later date. Well one of those later dates has arrived and we returned to the University for a look at one of those other gardens, the Walled Garden at Highfield House.

Highfield House

The whole campus is known as University Park and Highfield House, the Department of Theology and Religious Studies sits right in the centre of the site. The house itself is a Grade II listed building and was built about 1797 for the Lowe family.
Wrought Iron Gates

The walled garden adjacent to the house is the remains of a much larger walled garden and access is gained through wrought iron gates that were installed here a few years ago. The gates were originally hung at the West Entrance gatehouse when the University buildings were constructed in the 1920s but for many years lay derelict. When they were restored and installed at the entrance to the garden they were in fact returning to the place where they were originally made.
Ornamental Wellhead

The larger walled garden was once "filled with vineries, stove houses and exotic plants" but on entering the smaller walled garden today the eye is immediately drawn to the centrepiece, an ornamental wellhead.
Hot Border

Borders around the edge of the garden have been planted with herbaceous perennials that in summer display a "hot" colour scheme.
Colourful Bed

Other borders around the central grassed area also contain colourful plants and the whole garden is said to have been planted in the late Victorian style.
Hardy Exotics

This late Victorian style also includes hardy bamboos and hardy bananas as well as other exotic plants. The severe winter of 2010/2011 however still took its toll and protective structures are continuing to surround some of the plants even in May.
Wortley Arbour

Another feature around the perimeter of the garden are the seats and this one in particular within a wrought iron arbour. The gold plaque to the right of the arbour reads:
Wortley Arbour Plaque
"The Wortley Memorial Arbour

Gifted by Glenys Wortley, Retired Deputy Registrar, at the time of her death in 2006, in loving memory of her parents, Principal H.A.S. & Mrs Gracie Wortley who both died in 1947.
They had lived as a family in Highfield House from 1939 until 1947"
Quiet Oasis

The wooden seating around the garden appears to be of a permanent nature but more temporary chairs and tables were dotted about the grassed area. This sheltered spot is a quiet oasis in the centre of the University campus but maybe it's still not quite warm enough for the students to venture outdoors as all the while we were there, we had the whole garden to ourselves. Those that do venture into the walled garden however find an ideal place of meditation, contemplation and study.

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