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● Size 108 acres of for­mal gar­dens, ar­bore­tum and pic­turesque grounds set in the Ta­mar val­ley ● Soil Soggy clay, ex­cept for the 100-yard-long raised bor­der, which is free-drain­ing ● Cli­mate The weather is quite mild, but there are frosts in the val­leys. Fur­ther away from the house, we wrap up the tree ferns for win­ter. The ones by the front door would prob­a­bly be fine, but it’s easy to re­place them with bay trees for win­ter be­cause they’re in Versailles tubs, which pre­vents them from get­ting tatty ● Al­ti­tude A con­stantly slop­ing gar­den —about 360ft above sea level at the top of the gar­den ● Spe­cial chal­lenges The scale and age of the gar­den. Keep­ing the 200-year-old water sys­tem run­ning is a con­stant chal­lenge. ‘You re­ally need strength in this gar­den—we wear out every­one’s knees and el­bows,’ Olga ad­vises

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