The Down House has a 3-acre garden developed by its owners, Jackie and Mark Porter, since 2001. It is laid out in rooms overlooking Itchen Valley, adjoining the Pilgrim's
Way, with walks through a large meadow to the river.
In winter, see the carpet of snowdrops and crocus, plus borders of coloured stems. Pleached hornbeams, yew-lined avenues, woodland nut and orchard walk.
In summer, the roped rose garden, hot borders, wildlife pond and shady places are wondeful, alongside the working vineyard and potager.
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These recent pictures of the willow border, planted about 8 years ago, already show the range of colours and effect for which it was created. The white-stemmed willow, quite a rarity in gardens, is called White Welsh ( Salix fragilis decipiens ) and the adjacent tall black willow ( those 9ft stems grew in only one season ! ) is not unsurprisingly called Black Willow ( Salix nigricans ).
The strongly yellow coloured-willow is Golden Willow ( Salix alba vitellina ) while the tried and tested Scarlet Willow ( Salix alba vitellina 'Britzensis' ) provides a spectacular orange/red glow in the sunshine.
Open under the NGS :
Sunday 16th February 2020
( 12pm - 4pm )
NGS Admission: Adult £5, Children free
Groups of 20+ also welcome by appointment during February, please contact us for our private opening arrangements
Refreshments : Home-made teas.
Contact: Jackie & Mark Porter
Telephone: 01962 791054
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Location: 6m E of Winchester on B3047; 5th house on the right after the Itchen Abbas village sign
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