River Test Mill Garden

As a hazy dawn breaks over the ancient mill, its garden lights up with the leaf tints of autumn glimmering against shadowy mead and river bank, their reflections stretched on the silvered stream. To the southernmost boundary, a wooded hill rises, at its feet the River Test curving away to low-lying fields, leaving behind the narrow bridge from where its owners caught their first glimpse of the eighteenth century mill and the lozenge-shaped piece of land that follows the river bank for half a mile, with streams running in all directions. The 6-acre garden had long been neglected, but after years of hard work, it now has a productive orchard and kitchen garden, grassy pathways, trees, a lake, bridges, twin herbaceous borders and both gravel and bog gardens.

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