Wilkins Pleck in February

This one acre of garden wraps around the house, incorporating a knot garden, herbaceous areas, a formal lime alley, hot garden, greenhouse, shrubbery and rill. The garden’s framework is formed from an elegantly proportioned series of rooms contained within brick walls, tall yew screens, pleached lime avenues, fastigiate hornbeam and low box hedges. With the formal areas arranged near the house, beyond lies another an arboretum and pool with a Monet-style bridge. Amazingly, it’s only a few years ago since Chris and Sheila Bissell transformed a rutted, squelchy field on solid clay into today’s thriving garden, improving the soil with hundreds of tones of compost and grit, having first installed endless drainage channels.

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