Wentworth Gardens

by Charlotte Walker

The Wentworth gardens were built in the early 18th century and cover over sixteen acres. You will find many old statues, a lush hedge/maze, gorgeous old trees, flowers and plants,  and most unexpectedly, a bear pit from 1630 that was part of the architecture of the original Wentworth house and did reputedly house a live bear.

The garden centre is beautiful, with an abundance of varieties. If I lived with England I would gladly make a trip there every spring. They have little shops, crafts, gifts, sweets, garden decor plus a nice cafe. There is also a lovely farm and play area for children (that I did not visit). A full day would not be wasted here!

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Alice in Wonderland-like hedge maze

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Can’t help but imagine secret meetings, forbidden love

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you shall not pass!

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The lonely solider

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the bear cave, which sadly once housed a live bear

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bear cave tunnel

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stairway leading to the top entrance/exit of the bear cave

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upper bear cave entrance

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beautiful grounds

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If trees could talk, there would be a lot of stories within these rings

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stone ponds and benches

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Garden house perhaps for the main grounds keeper

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This makes me think of Hansel and Gretel

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This makes me think of Labyrinth. Which do you choose? The left path or the right path?

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immaculate garden scape

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Another stone pond

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There is a healing in the garden. When one longs for peace or pardon, once past this gate no need to wait for God is in the garden.

 

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