Autumn Country Market

Easton Walled Gardens welcomes visitors to the 12th Autumn Country Market.

On Sunday 3rd September the much-loved autumn country market will showcase the regions best artisan crafts, rural food, demonstrations and gardens. Open from 11am-4pm in the beautiful 17th century cobbled courtyard and across the main lawn, over 60 stalls will be showcasing the best our region has to offer.

Autumn Country Market

The day is much more than just shopping, the beautiful surroundings of these famous gardens make for the perfect start to autumn. Demonstrators fascinate young and old alike with lacemaking, beekeeping, botanical painting, quilting and embroidery. Come and make friends with the Alpacas from Chestnut Farm or listen to harpist, Eleanor Turner while you stop for afternoon tea in the tea room. The gift shop will be open and a variety of plants for sale.
Craft stalls include Thread & Ink, Madder Cutch & Co and Dancing Hare Pottery. There will also be lots of delicious produce including cakes, jams and teas and stalls include award-winning Oxton Liqueur Company, Lavinton Lamb and The Teaspoon Tea Company.

“Lincolnshire has so much to offer and it is important for all of us here at Easton to showcase the very best. We have run this market for 12 years, it is always a lovely day out with lots to see in the gardens and among the stalls. Crafts, beautiful countryside and cake are a winning combination and we enjoy the day nearly as much as our visitors.” Ursula Cholmeley, Garden Owner

The Autumn Country Market is on Sunday 3rd September from 11am-4pm, normal entry applies: Adult: £7.25 Children: £3.25

The History of Gardening and Garden Design – Part 1

Senior gardener, Ollie, delves into the history of gardening and garden design in this 2-part blog.

The White Space Garden

When humans transitioned from being nomadic hunter gatherers, to settling and cultivating the land around more permanent dwellings, so began “gardening” in its loosest form. People would encourage plants that they knew to be beneficial, such as food crops or medicinal species, clearing or deterring other less desirable plants. This was purely practical and functional.
Over millennia, people learnt more about cultivation of crops and agriculture started to come into existence. This was a means of stabilising a plant based source of food and increasing the yield from particular plant species.
Horticulture and garden design only started to come about when communities and societies had developed such that there was a hierarchy of class. Powerful individuals now had control of resources, time and subservient man-power to create spaces of aesthetic beauty rather than function.
Some of the earliest examples of designed gardens are from ancient Egypt, with tomb paintings depicting lotus ponds surrounded by acacias and palm trees in symmetrical patterns. Symmetry in the garden appears to be one of the first design ideas. Many Centuries later, ancient Greeks were creating basic pleasure gardens to walk through and enjoy.
Garden design in the Roman Empire progressed extensively, with the richest Romans creating large, elaborate gardens that surrounded their opulent villas. Their gardens included water features, topiary and roses.
The next developments in gardening came from China and then Japan, where gardens were designed and planted to reflect the wider landscape and nature in miniature, a driving force in the development of Bonsai.
Europeans first began to become inspired to create gardens during the 13th century, although it remained a past time of monks. Monastery gardens were functional, with orderly beds of medicinal herbs and fruit trees in enclosed spaces. Wildflowers were encouraged and areas of turf were managed for recreational activities.
During the 15th and 16th centuries, gardens of the European aristocracy came on leaps and bounds, with the creation of the iconic Gardens of Versailles, inspired by the gardens of the Roman Empire.
One of the classic features during this period was the knot garden. Designed to be viewed from an upstairs window it consists of geometric shaped beds edged by evergreen, clipped shrubs, creating elaborate patterns.
These formal, geometric gardens remained in fashion until the mid-18th century when the landscaped, naturalistic garden became popular, with the rise of Capability Brown. His projects involved altering acres of land to create the perfect rolling topography, with large native trees punctuating the landscape.
In next month’s blog I will talk about gardening and its developments from the 19th century through to the modern day.