Friday Farm Favorites: Sudeley Castle Gardens

fourth generation farmgirl

Whenever Farmguy and I visit the Cotswolds, we always make a point of spending the day at Sudeley Castle near Winchcombe in Gloucestershire, England.  The present structure was built in the 15th century and has nine individual gardens.  These lovely and historical gardens are associated with four of England’s queens—Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey, and Elizabeth I.

St. Mary’s Church, in which Katherine Parr is buried, is bordered by the White Garden, rich with peonies, clematis, roses and tulips, where Katherine and her companion, Lady Jane Grey would have entered the church for daily prayers.

Also, among the flowers is “The Dog.” A beautiful and detailed piece of artwork by internationally acclaimed sculptor Max Patte who is originally from Gloucestershire and now based in New Zealand.  Patte is famous for creatures he created for the film, TheHobbit.

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