Sea Mere gardens were laid out over 100 years ago and cover approximately five acres with a 20 acre circular lake as the backdrop to the five terraced lawns between it and the 16c house.
Since moving to Sea Mere in 1999, Judy and Michael Watson have restored, enlarged and improved the gardens so that they now surround the house and visitors are tempted to go just that little bit further, to look round that corner, or explore what that plant in the distance might be. We have aimed to create a flowing garden of discovery.
The damp conditions at the edge of the lake have allowed us to make a bog garden with moisture loving plants, and inspired by Piet Oudolf’s perennial style of planting, there is now a wetland garden with grasses and tall perennials at the edge of the mere, forming a link between the native reeds and the colour themed borders nearer the house - pink, white and silver to the left, yellow, blue and orange to the right. The house faces south west with a warm terrace and the house walls providing protection for many tender shrubs.
The Oval Garden is hidden behind beech hedges, with herbaceous borders surrounding the oval lawn and billowing stipa tenuissima in the centre. The adjacent Rose Garden surrounds a circular lawn edged with nepeta and purple berberis and overhung in late summer with waving grasses. From the Rose Garden there are paths leading into the Oval Garden, the Beech Walk and potager, or back towards the mere via the Woodland Garden. The Orchard has more old-fashioned shrub roses flourishing among the fruit trees.
At Sea Mere visitors will discover an informal magical garden, full of atmosphere and charm.