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article imageReview: Exploring the gardens of Woburn Abbey Special

By Tim Sandle     Jul 12, 2015 in Travel
Woburn - Woburn Abbey is a country house located in Bedfordshire, England. The house is impressive, replete with period furniture. Equally impressive are the gardens, especially in the summer.
Woburn Abbey is the family home of the Duke of Bedford. Part of the grounds are open to the public, divided between naturalistic gardens for people to enjoy and a safari park. The house can also be visited. Digital Journal paid a summer visit to the gardens.
A deep stretch of water  covered with water lilies with a decorative string of pine cones - one of t...
A deep stretch of water, covered with water lilies with a decorative string of pine cones - one of the interesting features within the gardens of Woburn Abbey.
The gardens are divided into different zones, separated by grass or woodland. There are several lily ponds, fritillaries, wild orchids and masses of flowers.
An area of intense color at Woburn Abbey. There are over 28 acres to explore.
An area of intense color at Woburn Abbey. There are over 28 acres to explore.
The first part of the gardens contains the Chinese Dairy. The Chinese Dairy was designed by Henry Holland, an architect to the English nobility, in the Chinoiserie style in 1787. The main features have been maintained ever since.
The Chinese Dairy was built in 1794 and restored in 2004. The pond is 12ft deep at the center.
The Chinese Dairy was built in 1794 and restored in 2004. The pond is 12ft deep at the center.
The mix of Western and Eastern design is characterized by the use of Chinese motifs and techniques.
Close by is the Folly and Children's Garden. The folly is a small building, resembling a type of grotto. Rose arches are fitted to the four entrances to the folly; together with other plants, they provide a blaze of color.
The Folly was the place where a Nanny would read stories to the children. It is an enchanting enviro...
The Folly was the place where a Nanny would read stories to the children. It is an enchanting environment with collections of rocks, fossils, fool's gold and shells all encrusted into the roof.
An alternative entrance to the folly  with different colored plants on display.
An alternative entrance to the folly, with different colored plants on display.
The Bog Garden is an eclectic mix of plants. Woburn Abbey Gardens are located on a mix of clay and sand. Where the two soils connect, there is a spring of water, which has led to a a boggy patch. This leads to a variety of distinctive plants and wildlife co-existing in this part of the gardens.
Colorful plants and dragonflies  the impressive bog gardens.
Colorful plants and dragonflies, the impressive bog gardens.
Between stretches of the themed gardens is plenty of lush woodland.
An area of woodland at Woburn Abbey  Bedfordshire  England.
An area of woodland at Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire, England.
There is also a traditionally English maze. Called The Hornbeam Maze, the privet puzzle looks deceptively simple, however it takes the average person 10 minutes to reach the center and 15 minutes to find their way back out.
The maze is very old  the 6th Duke of Bedford designed the Hornbeam Maze in 1831.
The maze is very old, the 6th Duke of Bedford designed the Hornbeam Maze in 1831.
At the center of the maze is a Chinese Pagoda. The structure was built in 1833 and is based on a design by Sir William Chambers.
The gardens also feature an Aviary.
The Aviary was reconstructed during the 200s with a frame made of green oak.
The Aviary was reconstructed during the 200s with a frame made of green oak.
The Aviary is home to various birds, including golden pheasants, budgies and quail.
A peak inside the aviary at Woburn Abbey.
A peak inside the aviary at Woburn Abbey.
The Rockery is an impressive area, perhaps the highlight of the gardens. Overhanging the rockery is a pavilion. The pavilion is a new addition, completed in 2011. The structure took four weeks to build and a week to put together on site.
The restoration project  to build the pavilion  went on to win the Hudson’s Heritage Award 2012.
The restoration project, to build the pavilion, went on to win the Hudson’s Heritage Award 2012.
Inside the rockery at Woburn Abbey.
Inside the rockery at Woburn Abbey.
A view from atop of the pavilion  gazing down at one of the many water features at Woburn.
A view from atop of the pavilion, gazing down at one of the many water features at Woburn.
As well as the gardens, the Abbey looms impressively to the west. For an additional price, the Abbey can be visited. The art collection of the Duke of Bedford is said to be amongst the finest in private hands.
The Abbey was built  starting 1744  by the architects Henry Flitcroft and Henry Holland for the 4th ...
The Abbey was built, starting 1744, by the architects Henry Flitcroft and Henry Holland for the 4th Duke of Bedford.
There are also other things of interest, such as a working traditional British telephone kiosk alongside a post box.
A telephone kiosk. Although boxes of this design are no longer made  this one at Woburn is in full w...
A telephone kiosk. Although boxes of this design are no longer made, this one at Woburn is in full working order.
And a Doric temple. The Temple was designed by Humphry Repton and built in 1804. Doric is a classical order of architecture characterized by a sturdy fluted column and a thick square abacus resting on a rounded molding
This classical Greek style temple often
surprises visitors strolling through the gardens.
This classical Greek style temple often surprises visitors strolling through the gardens.
Woburn Abbey gardens are well worth as visit, for a leisurely stroll, and to appreciate the effort put in to creating differently themed aspects.
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