Compton Acres Gardens Poole Dorset

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Date: 19th April 2011


Compton Acres was built in 1924 and is a wonderful example of an historic garden in the UK. It is of late Victorian Mixed Style design with seven distinct gardens to wander around and enjoy, including the Italian Garden and the Japanese Garden. ?

Again we were blessed with the weather – a wonderfully sunny day which couldn’t but enhance these lovely gardens. They are not large and have been organized with the disabled in mind.

One commences the experience with the glorious Italianate garden, leading into a small Palm Court and then you meander over little bridges around the Rockery. We had a coffee looking over clumps of highly coloured tulips out to sea and the Poole Ferry.

There’s a lovely area devoted to very well established bushy heathers and we came across a magnificent tree ablaze with yellow. It looked as if it were from the mimosa family but on enquiring at the Entrance desk, a very kind young gardener was called to the area and wrote the name down in my diary. It was an Acacia Pravissma and underneath was a smaller bush with lovely yellow flowers – Sophora ‘Sun King’.

The Gardens were a delight but my absolute favourite was the Japanese Garden and I doubt we could have chosen a better time of year to make our visit. It was vibrant with huge bursts of colour issuing from the multitudinous Azaleas and Acers.  The water magnificently reflected the flowers and the lovely Tea House – photo below.

Sadly, I no longer have a garden but if I were ever to have one again and sufficient funds, I’d have a Japanese Garden.

After all this excitement and feasting of the eyes, the immediate future is going to be a trifle dull.  However, I'm soon going to make my promised pilgrimage to Rene Mouchotte's tomb at Pere La Chaise Cemetery on the outskirts of Paris.  I'll be staying with friends in Paris so will probably have some photos and experiences to share with you.


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