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The Old Vicarage, Burley

National Garden Scheme Open Day 26 May 2024

GGeorge Carter, Norfolk's finest garden designer.

 

Mid-April, on a wonderfully bright and warm day, I visited the very beautiful garden of The Old Rectory in the tranquil village of Goadby Marwood in Leicestershire.

The Old Rectory opened to the public for the first time through the National Garden Scheme on 19 May. A listed Georgian Old Rectory, that nestles within a walled garden in the sleepy village of Goady Marwood. In May, its front facade is clad with wisteria. To the west of the Rectory is a beautiful Courtyard Garden, Cotinus Border and Coach House Walk recently designed by Bunny Guinness. To the left of the courtyard is a beautiful parterre, a wildflower meadow and woodland border with a beautiful, centuries old copper beech tree.

With thanks to Fleur of White Goose Flower Farm for putting me in touch with the owners of The Old Rectory.

Birdsong from the courtyard

Example notes from The Old Rectory Goadby Marwood

 

FRONT of HOUSE - East facing

Clad in Wisteria [blooms in May]

 

WILDFLOWER MEADOW - South facing [in bloom May time]

WOODLAND BOARDER - South facing

Copper Beech Tree. Leaves turn from deep purple in the spring to copper in the autumn

Special Interest - designed by Bunny Guinness

COURTYARD GARDEN - East facing

Buxus [Buxaceae]

Bay Laurel [Laurus nobilis]

Olive [Olea europaea]

Flower quadrants/sections [Apr/May: Tulips

COACH HOUSE WALK - South facing

Cotinus Border

PRE-MAY OPEN DAY 2024 PHOTOGRAPHY

Ask Nettie to move out of site

When will parterre, buxus etc., be trimmed

THE FIRST VISIT TO THE GARDEN IN APRIL PROVIDED MUCH INSIGHT

East facing areas of the garden: I will visit just after sunrise to shoot into the gorgeous soft light, and pre-sunset for the rest of the garden, for the soft light, and to negate shadows. I feel the need to get elevated, in particular to showcase the parterre garden, and

the courtyard.

 

 

TIMINGS LEADING UP TO THE OPEN DAY

After connecting with the NGS this week, I understand that photographers work a year in advance of an open day. This gives them a larger window to work with, visits/re-visits to find beautiful light/weather. Hopefully, 1-2 weeks prior to your open day the weather will be on our side.

 

It would be beneficial to know how you envisage the garden prior to, and on the open day, given the Tulips will not be centre stage.

PHOTOGRAPHY & GARDEN PREPARATION TIPS

  • Visit at sunrise or 90 mins prior to sunset

  • Use 100mm or 300mm lens for shots like Tulips in a bowl where background features are relatively close, to blow the background out of focus

  • Elevate myself to capture parterre garden, courtyard full perspective

  • Use tripod if smaller aperture required like f8 when wanting more in focus, but will require slow shutter due to using 400 ISO film speed. DO NOT USE 800 FILM SPEED as too grainy

  • Ask Nettie & Nigel to move BBQ out of sight.

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