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Secret Garden Visit: Moleshill House, Surrey

Friends of the Museum are invited to visit gardening guru and former Chairman of the National Garden Scheme, Penny Snell CBE’s Surrey garden at Moleshill House. 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.

Romantic and colourful, Penny’s garden has been described by George Plumptre as “eclectic – at times anarchic”, much like her taste in planting. The garden is full of originality and fun; Penny has said that visitors say her garden ‘gives them lots of ideas’, which as noted by Plumptre is hardly surprising, “as where else would you find a green wall, a blue painted pergola, a gypsy caravan, bee boles, a stumpery and sensational topiary in lead planters, as well as many delicious plant surprises, all in less than an acre?”.

Of Moleshill, Leigh Clapp of Surrey Life says “At the heart of the garden is structure, infilled and softened with a wide palette of plants. Trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants ebb and flow with the seasons, creating interest year-round. From spring bulbs and blossom, layered foliage, peonies and roses to the textures in the new gravel gardens, there is much to enjoy. Rustic touches, topiary, a conservatory and beehives complete the scene. There is also a delightful balance of tradition, from elements such as a pleached avenue and garlanded cisterns, with innovation that keeps the garden evolving. A highlight is a new central grass garden, replacing much of the circular lawn by the lovely Victorian house. Here you’ll find a timeless take on grasses and perennials, with wafting stipa, spires of agastache and dancing crocosmia enclosed by pleached hornbeams.”

Read more about Penny’s garden on Jack Wallington’s website here.

We are so grateful to Penny for her ongoing support of the Museum and for opening up her garden as part of our Secret Garden Visits fundraiser.

Image: Marianne Majerus