Roundhill Flower and Garden Club

June is usually the month when we hold our ‘Garden Visit’ rather than having a floral demonstration or alternative event at our regular venue.
This year we visited the garden of Glebe House, Hoby, the owners of which had opened specially for us a few days prior to the annual charity fundraising ‘Open Gardens’ event held throughout the village.
As the name suggests, ‘Glebe House’ stands close to the village church and is built on what was originally known as ‘Glebe’ land, i.e., adjacent land belonging to the church of any specific Church of England parish.
In many instances, such land would consist of the Vicarage itself, plus formal gardens, walled kitchen garden, and outbuildings such as the coach house and staff cottages in addition to agricultural or pasture land.
Glebe House as it presently stands is a sympathetically extended building, the original part of which is the former Coach House to the old Hoby Vicarage, dating back to the 18th Century.
Most high walls within the garden are those which previously surrounded the ‘Kitchen Garden’ to that Vicarage.
Needless to say, the house has a fascinating history and the present garden has been designed to make the most of that history within its various sections. Moving on from the entrance drive, there was an area surrounding a large ornamental pond with paths and shrubbery to its borders. This took us into another section with sculptured yew hedges, neat lawns, a smaller biodiverse pond, and very impressive composting system.
From there we entered the main area of the rear garden where shaped beds and borders were filled with all kinds of colourful herbaceous plants, trees, shrubs, and climbers. Maximum use had been made of the old brick walls to support climbing roses, and a pyracatha trained horizontally which will show its autumn berries to perfection. Arches and pergolas also supported other climbers, with rambling roses finding their own way amidst mature trees.
Set amongst a backdrop of views to pasture land with grazing sheep, it was an idyllic setting for a peaceful summer evening.