Brought together by a common passion for plants and organic gardening, Bridget Elworthy and Henrietta Courtauld established?The Land Gardeners over five years ago. Their business specializes in the design of productive gardens, particularly the restoration of walled and established English gardens but they also run a very successful cut flower business from Bridget’s home, Wardington Manor in Oxfordshire. When not designing gardens for their clients around the world, the two can be found lecturing on flowers and sustainable gardening all over London and the UK.
Henrietta and Bridget have both trained at prestigious garden design schools prior to joining forces and establishing The Land Gardeners. Bridget’s husband runs a company dedicated to land management and sustainable farming and her interest and knowledge in soil science and organic growing have been fundamental for their new venture. In 2008 the Elsworthys moved to Wardington Manor – a spectacular Jacobean house with iconic plasterwork and a stunning wood-paneled library. Set on 30 acres of ground, it is now the center of operations for The Land Gardeners. Soon after moving to Wardington, Bridget started planning the cut flowers garden which has now extended to contain the entire grounds. Below is a tour of the stunning manor as seen in House & Garden magazine, with photography by Andrew Montgomery.?
Floral arrangements pop against the dark wood furnishings.
Sitting area in the library with stairs leading up to The Land Gardeners’ working studio.
Wood panelling in the library.
More fresh floral arrangements in the dining room.
Black and white photocopies of botanical prints decorate a wall in the dining room.
Original plasterwork at the bottom of the staircase.
Original Twenties plasterwork covers the walls of the hall.
Arrangements of cut flowers are displayed in rooms throughout the house,
including the kitchen and the guest bedrooms.
Bridget and Henrietta in the potting shed at Wardington Manor.
Artwork and cut flowers in the flower room.
Bright and airy kitchen with cream Aga and stone flooring.
Floral designer Charlie McCormick choosing flowers with Henrietta.
Images are from House & Garden UK, Cabana?and?the?Bible of?British Taste.?
I hope you enjoyed today’s post! To find out more about Wardington Manor and The Land Gardeners, please check out their website here and follow along on Instagram for constant inspiration and info on upcoming workshops.
Until next time!