Listed gardens with topiary & sculpture near Windsor

The Gardens at Great Fosters, Surrey

Nestled within 50 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and parkland, Great Fosters is a serene vision of beauty. Originally designed by W H Romaine Walker and Gilbert Jenkins, the gardens are amongst the finest Arts and Crafts gardens in Europe. Framed on three sides by a Saxon moat, the formal gardens of Great Fosters are both extensive and exceptional. Designed to reflect the intricate beauty of a Persian rug, the knot garden is embellished with fragrant beds of flowers and herbs bordered by manicured hedges and topiary. At the heart of it all is the Drake sundial which historians suggest may have been donated by Sir Francis Drake and is believed to date back to 1585.

Under the leadership of Kim Wilkie, the last few years have seen the grounds extended, restored and enhanced to create the stunning gardens you see today. Our gardening team are always delighted to welcome any enthusiasts who may wish to learn more about our gardens and the estate by working alongside them on a voluntary basis.

David Harber Exhibition

Sculpture in the Gardens

Running from July - September 30th, we are delighted to share an enriching and intriguing sculpture exhibition set within our gardens from the renowned artist David Harber. To visit, simply contact us on the details below to book your spot for lunch, tea, a picnic or supper and you can take in the sculptures at your leisure. David has provided a suggested route, carefully considering how the pieces interact with the gardens and each other, reaching the exhibition's denouement as David intended, which you are welcome to take or you can simply explore.

 

About David
David Harber has been making contemporary and classical artworks from his Oxfordshire studio for over two decades and has gained an impressive following worldwide. He designs and makes original and covetable sculptures, sundials and water features that enchant and endure, whilst responding to customers’ individual needs and environments. Synonymous with elegance and simplicity, his designs playfully incorporate nature, reflection, light and water to create dramatic focal points in both exterior and interior settings.

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Image credit: Clive Nichols

The Yew Rooms

Al fresco private dining

Reached through our exquisite Rose Garden are 'The Yew Rooms'. A collection of intriguing open-air spaces, all surrounded by neat yew hedges providing privacy and shelter, The Yew Rooms will play host to an array of receptions, soirees and parties through the summer months. The first of the completed Yew Rooms is 'The Sunken Garden', opposite.

 

With seating for up to 18 guests at three tables, The Sunken Garden makes an idyllic spot for an afternoon tea, or perhaps a barbecue. For hire of The Sunken Garden please contact our events team on the details below.