How it all began
A Potted History of The Garden at the Bannut
We first saw The Bannut in May of 1984 and decided immediately that this was where we wanted to live.
The three acres of land, with its open aspect and acid soil, was very suitable for the expansion of our wholesale heather nursery, and we loved its beautiful situation – with Bromyard Downs to one side, Bringsty Common to the other, hundreds of acres of National Trust, Brockhampton Estate opposite and superb views to the Malvern Hills.
Most of the 3 acres was pasture, although some trees – including the Bannut (walnut) tree – had been planted at the front of the house. We set aside an acre of land around the house for our garden and the rest was laid out as nursery. Within a few years we were producing a quarter of a million heathers annually.
The garden at the front of the house was planted with heathers, as a display garden for the business. The rest was set out with lawns, shrubs, trees, herbaceous plants and a unique heather knot garden.
During the next few years, two garden rooms (the Gazebo Garden and the Arbour Garden) were created, and ‘The Old Goat Paddock’ – where we once kept our pet goats – was also incorporated into the garden.
In 1996 we decided it was time to think about retiring, so we scaled down the nursery by half and created the Far Garden (a grassy area planted with a variety of trees and shrubs, where daffodils, cowslips and other wild flowers are encouraged). We also planted a quarter acre Summer Heather Garden and edged the Long Walk with masses of Spring flowering heathers.
The wholesale business closed completely in 1997 and, in 1999, at an age when we should have known better, we took the ‘momentous’ decision to build a Tea Room and open The Garden at The Bannut to the public!
Since then, we have continued planning and planting. Our Millennium project was an intriguing Secret Garden. For our Golden Wedding (2002) we planted a Laburnum & Clematis Walk and, in 2012, we created a Diamond Wedding Garden to celebrate our 60 years together.
The garden has been open in aid of the National Gardens Scheme three times a year since 1992.
We very much enjoy sharing our garden with our visitors
and we do hope it gives you pleasure too.
Daphne & Maurice Everett