Downton"s most thrilling plot: Highclere Castles glorious gardens – out-of-bounds to the stars filming Downton Abbey – open to the public next…


Downton”s most thrilling plot: Highclere Castle”s glorious gardens – out-of-bounds to the stars – open to the public next month

Open house: The Monks

Open house: The Monks” Garden, in the foreground, features a climbing rose wall and a lavender walk

Lady Carnarvon says that she keeps on meaning to take the Downtown Abbey TV cast around the gardens

Lady Carnarvon says that she keeps on meaning to take the Downtown Abbey TV cast around the gardens

Lady Carnarvon says that her herbaceous borders were skinny in comparison to the National Trust gardens that she saw so she had them redesigned

Lady Carnarvon says that her herbaceous borders were skinny in comparison to the National Trust gardens that she saw so she had them redesigned

HIGHCLERE CASTLE GARDEN FACTS

Lord and Lady Carnarvon

Lord and Lady Carnarvon

The Downton cast on set for a garden party, sadly for them, Highclere

The Downton cast on set for a garden party, sadly for them, Highclere”s garden is out of bounds during filming

THE SEEDS OF CHANGE The Edwardian era was a boom time for Britain THE SEEDS OF CHANGE The Edwardian era was a boom time for Britain

The seeds of change: The Edwardian era was a boom time for Britain”s gardeners, who were discovering the joys of seedcatalogues, giving them the chance to grow exciting exotic plants

Queen Mary with group at Chelsea Flower Show. Date: 1913 Highclere

Golden age: George V’s wife Queen Mary, pictured second from right, was among the dignitaries at
the inaugural Chelsea Flower Show in 1913 (left) and Elizabeth And Her German Garden – still in print today – tells how an Edwardian woman derives comfort from her garden after marrying a much older nobleman (right)

Lime Avenue was planted at Highclere by Robert Sawyer Herbert, uncle of the 1st Earl, in the 18th century

Lime Avenue was planted atHighclere by Robert Sawyer Herbert,uncle of the 1st Earl, in the 18th century