Sea Mere gardens were laid out over 120 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 reinvigorated the garden, planting new areas to the west and east of the house and extending into the woodland on either side. Michael sometimes despairs of Judy’s expansion plans!
We hope that visitors are tempted to tear themselves away from the spectacular view from the terrace to explore these new areas of the garden.
From the terrace on the south side of the house, visitors can see four colour themed mixed borders on either side of the main lawns - pink, white and silver to the east, yellow, blue and white to the west, and further down, white in front of a dark yew, and golden around the parottia. The damp conditions at the edge of the lake have allowed us to make a wetland garden with grasses and late summer perennials next to an established (possibly 100 year old) clump of gunnera manicata. Taking advanatage of favourable conditions we have added more gunnera species.
The Oval Garden is hidden behind beech hedges, with herbaceous borders surrounding the oval lawn. The adjacent Rose Garden has a circular lawn edged with nepeta, overhung in late summer with waving grasses and some lovely ornamental trees. From the Rose Garden there are paths leading into the Oval Garden, the Beech Walk and potager, or back towards the mere via the Winter and Woodland Gardens. The Orchard has more old-fashioned shrub roses flourishing among the fruit trees.
We hope visitors enjoy the garden and find it a restful and beautiful place - as we do.