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Secret Garden Visit: Deane House, Hampshire

This visit is part of our Secret Garden Visits fundraiser to raise urgently needed funds to save the Garden Museum from the impact of the coronavirus.

Deane House, Overton, is a Grade II listed Queen Anne House set in rolling Hampshire countryside. Kara Gnodde has made the garden over many years with Garden Museum Trustees Tom Stuart-Smith and Tania Compton. Sweeping park and meadows fold around a series of gardened spaces including a walled garden brimming with vegetables and flowers.

Flowering cherry trees, statuesque copper beech and tulip trees grace the sweeping lawns at The Deane House, leading the eye to the landscape beyond. From modern, naturalist planting to a scented rose garden, the Deane House garden invites visitors to roam from level to level, exploring what has been described as a “flower arranger’s heaven”. It was under the direction of Tania Compton that the flower garden was expanded, with a separate cutting garden for the house. “You don’t want a cutting garden to look pretty,” Compton says, “or you’ll only snip at things. You want to be able to fill a room with flowers, not just a posy in a pot.”

Read more about Deane House in this Architectural Digest article.

Guests will be invited to bring a picnic lunch, which they can enjoy in the walled garden in the sunshine on a lovely day, or protected in the pavilion if its colder or raining.

A full address for the garden will be provided to the buyer, along with the contact details of the garden owner so you can arrange parking and timings.

We are very grateful to Richard and Kara Gnodde for opening up the garden at Deane House for our Secret Garden Visits fundraiser.