Tucked behind the main buildings of Christchurch Mansion there is a small tranquil garden, the Wolsey Garden, and despite its formal structure it has beds planted in a loose, informal style. The main walkway is bordered with a hedge of clipped yew whilst the smaller beds of the garden are edged with lavender that spills over the paths softening the hard edges.
The garden is planted with a mixture of herbaceous perennials with evergreen domes of yew in the middle of the beds to provide yearlong interest and structure.
At this time of the year it is the floriferous lilac asters that bring colour to the design and complement a delicate silvery sculpture that makes an elegant focal point for this small space.
The sculpture, ‘Triple Mycomorph’ by Bernard Reynolds, was donated to the garden by local businessman and prominent member of The Ipswich Society, Tom Gondris, in memory of his parents Eugen and Else. Tom’s family were a Czechoslovakian Jewish family living in Sudetenland in 1938. When his parents recognised the imminent threat from Hitler they were able to arrange for their only child, Tom, to board the last Kindertransport to leave Czechoslovakia. Nine year old Tom left his home and, sadly never saw his parents again. More about his fascinating life story can be read here.
When I visited the garden earlier this week it wasn’t only the asters still in flower, but a few semi-double white roses added both colour and a light scent to this quiet and peaceful space.
Before I wrap up this post I must draw your attention to the magnificent, mature cedar that stands on the western boundary of the Wolsey Garden.
Its striking evergreen form will become more and more prominent when its deciduous neighbours drop their leaves as the autumnal changes gather pace.
12 thoughts on “The Wolsey Garden in Autumn”
Thank you for introducing us to this delightful garden. I would like to add that Tom Gondris was helped to leave Prague by my godfather Trevor Chadwick and other volunteers.
Oh my goodness that’s a very special link to the past and another connection between people across Europe. Thank you for adding that to the account.
What a beautiful place and what a good man.
Yes, he was good man and an example of life well lived I think.
I read the attachment Agnes. A fine summing up of an extraordinary life. The gardens and sculpture are very attractive. So wonderful to have these places on your doorstep.
Yes, he seemed to have been an incredible and energetic individual packing much into his life that so nearly was taken from him before it had hardly begun.
What a wonderful place and a wonderful life too.
Yes, I rather think the Friends of Christchurch Park have made an excellent job creating this gentle and quiet space not least as it’s just a five minute walk from busy roads.
How perfect. Just what’s needed near busyness.