We had the great pleasure of visiting Peckover House in Wisbech last weekend. The house itself is a fascinating time capsule of days gone by; but the spectacular garden is a stunning show of vibrant, colourful life in the here and now.
The surprises just keep coming as one sets off down the steps and across the croquet lawn to follow the winding pathways of this historic walled treasury – from the wonderful collection of specimen trees and sweeping herbaceous borders to the smaller but just as intriguing sights that show that this is very much a working garden. Both native and exotic plants are on display in a garden that looks very similar to how it would have looked 150 years ago. Finding a weed is an extremely difficult task and the house’s cats are glimpsed patrolling around the hedgerows to take care of any furry pests!
One of the main problems is the temptation to repeat the word “wow!”; but having said that the overall feeling one gets from this garden is one of peace, tranquillity and beauty.
The trees in the Orangery were reputed to be about 200 years old when purchased, which means they may well be over 300 years old now. Whilst most fruit was unavailable in the marketplace during the winter, the Peckover family were able to eat fresh oranges at Christmas.
The garden boasts a number of glasshouses.
There are so many memorable features in this stunning garden; it’s impossible to convey more than a small taste of its sensuous delights …
Finally, the moving sight of the cats’ graveyard. Cats have always been important in the lives of the Peckovers, and their gravestones, in a specially reserved plot in the garden, are a tribute as much to the love bestowed on the family’s pets as they are to the love, care and attention that has created this gem of a garden.
Link to the Peckover House website here.