The Warner Edwards Garden

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Did you know...

  • The late spring had one major benefit: the fine multi-stemmed hawthorn at rear left of the garden is still in flower: in a typical year, its blooms would already have faded
  • Don't miss the two traditional straw beehives, secreted in niches in the right hand boundary wall
  • The planting is described as 'bee friendly', and is proving certainly that, with honey- and bumblebees enjoying the flowers of starwberries, borage and angelica in some numbers

About the garden

The garden is inspired by Falls Farm, Northamptonshire, where every bottle of Warner Edwards Gin is distilled. The farm is situated on the remains of medieval terraced gardens, now a beautiful stepped grass landscape, which is represented discretely in the Warner Edwards Garden’s topography.

The choice of planting reflects the natural ingredients used in the creation of Warner Edwards gins, many of which are grown in the distillery’s botanical gardens and farm hedgerows. The water feature represents the farm’s own natural spring, the water from which is used for distillation. The use of natural materials, including Northamptonshire stone, mimics the farm’s own stone walls, and copper represents the distilling equipment, creating an authentic feel.

Bee-friendly plants reflect the farm’s apiary, and thyme and lemon balm, which are highly aromatic, can be used in garnishing gin and tonic.

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