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JULY : Riverside Gardens

Conifer standing tall The entrance

Looking towards the river Branches

By the riverside Curving entrance path In the garden

Around the corner Over the wall Group of trunks

Trunk Striking trunk of the conifer Planted beds

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Pheasant BerryThe Victorian Joseph Paxton, is said to have designed the garden, and the planting is on the stately scale - specimen trees, with summer bedding for colour, and the pheasant berry bush for interest. Here one has the sensation of being enclosed in a large space. Tall conifers provide shade and protection, lifting the eyes skywards, away from the river and buildings. The effect is almost of miniature parkland.

Although called Riverside Gardens there is only a distant sense of the river and the ducks, geese and trees beyond, it's not part of the gardens. If you want to experience the river go to Scotts Gardens over the bridge, where you can enjoy a picnic on the grassland and listen to the flowing water. If you want to take pleasure in a classic town garden, with a wonderful herbaceous border, go to Bath Gardens in the Square. If you want peaceful contemplation and rest visit the elegant masterpiece of garden design that is Riverside Gardens.


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