The Gibberd Garden
Occupying some seven acres, it never had a master plan. Sir Frederick was an intuitive gardener with a clear idea of what he wanted. If it worked, well and good; if it didn't, root it out and try something else!
The glades, pools, lawns and alleys he designed provide settings for some eighty sculptures, large ceramic pots and architectural salvage. There is a gazebo, an avenue of lime trees, a waterfall in the brook and even a children's moated castle with drawbridge! In Sir Frederick's own words: "Garden design is an art of space, like architecture and town design. The space, to be a recognisable design, must be contained, and the plants and walls containing it then become part of adjacent spaces. The garden has thus become a series of rooms, each with its own character, from small intimate spaces to large enclosed prospects". A visit to the garden will perfectly illustrate this philosophy.
£4 full, £3 concession (students and over 60's), £1 children children 6-16 (under 6 free) Apply for special group rates.
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VenueThe Gibberd Garden
Marsh Lane, Gilden Way, Harlow, Essex, CM17 0NA
Map reference: TL 483125 Lat: 51.79169 Long: 0.14987
From M11, jct 7 take the A414 to Harlow. Go through 3 roundabouts and turn right at 4th onto B183 (brown signposted Gibberd Garden). Go through 2 more roundabouts and at end of long straight road turn left onto single lane.
Parking : free
Nearest station : 2 miles (3.2 kms) from Harlow Mill station