20th century gardens

Sir Gordon Russell has grown in the public consciousness since the opening of a museum celebrating his work in the Broadway furniture manufactory he owned and ran.

A brief collaboration with Sir Jeffrey Jellicoe (landscape designer) and Russell Page (plantsman and designer) led to a small range of garden seats being produced there. While it seems Jellicoe also employed his highly developed Italian Renaissance garden sensitivities in Russell’s garden on Drover’s Hill creating a series of water tanks that cascade in parallel with a flight of steps.

The idiosyncratic swimming pool was Russell’s own work combining a love of concrete with wine bottles salvaged from the family hotel, The Lygons Arms in Broadway.

The privacy of this relatively small, little known garden stands in marked contrast to the popularity of two other Gloucestershire ‘private’ gardens.

In the 1980s Rosemary Verey’s potager and laburnum tunnel under-planted with alliums in the grounds of Barnsley House drew an international audience of admirers and visitors.

Although these crowds have since been surpassed by the stream of visitors to HRH the Prince of Wales’ garden at Highgrove to raise money for charity.