The Dorothy Clive Garden was begun by Colonel Harry Clive in 1940; it was to be a garden where his wife Dorothy, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, could take some daily exercise. Sadly Dorothy died in 1942 but Colonel Harry continued with work on the garden in Dorothy's memory. In 1958 the Colonel set up the Willoughbridge Garden Trust as a memorial to Dorothy and to provide a place of rest and recreation for the public. Harry died in 1963 leaving a beautiful garden for us to enjoy.
|our first proper view from the first level across the pond and Staffordshire countryside|
On arrival and parking the car I was struck that there seemed to be no garden visible, but following the entry signs we were soon under the tree canopy and climbing the grassy slope; soon the path spilt and we had several choices. Although we had been given a map of the gardens on entry we decided rather to wander where our fancy took us, and so meandered along paths of gravel and grass.
|meandering gravel paths lead you through the garden|
|pale lemon sunflowers and helenium make a lovely picture|
|ferns and that lovely sound of falling water|
|impressive garden wildlife!|
Next to the tearoom is a small plant sales area. All the plants looked healthy and were reasonably priced but, unusually for me, nothing took my fancy - the Handyman will be shocked!
|I would have bought one of these if they'd had some - no label, so no idea of plant name|
|from the pond back up the hill|
The garden is a lovely and fitting memorial to both Dorothy and Colonel Harry!