I’m hugely partial to a walled garden so how I’ve only just got round to visiting The Walled Gardens at Mells despite its proximity to where I grew up, I don’t know. I’m so pleased I finally did though. Neither a garden centre nor a farm shop, this wonderful place is something quite unique; a proper working garden full of quirks and charms, and a complete joy from start to finish.
It was one of those glorious autumn days as I walked through the inviting gate and entered what felt like a secluded haven. The sun was low in the sky casting long shadows over the garden; leaves turning beautiful reds and russets, apple trees heavy with fruit. Outdoor sculptures, hay bales and handcrafted wooden benches all vied for my attention, providing secluded pathways and corners to wander, ponder and explore.
Then I noticed a tempting looking greenhouse brimming with second-hand delights beneath a brightly coloured textile awning. I emerged almost an hour later, arms laden with bargain buys and in need of refreshment.
The weather-permitting outdoor pizza oven was in action (Jon and Jo who run the garden are off to Italy later this month for inspiration!) and I discovered they make their own apple juice. Instead though, I opted for a ginger beer and slab of banana and walnut cake from the café, the view of the dovecot and bordering countryside a perfect backdrop as I sat and plotted my next visit. Possibly for my Christmas tree or to sample the new floristry workshop and shop they’re planning to open come spring.
The Walled Garden at Mells opens March 1st – October 31st.