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The Stumpery

The Stumpery

A tranquil corner of the gardens, featuring verdant ferns, wood-crafted temples and a National Collection of hostas.

A rich habitat for a variety of wildlife, the Stumpery is an atmospheric garden that draws inspiration from the Victorian concept of growing ferns amongst upturned tree stumps. An enchanting space that highlights the sculptural qualities of wood, the Stumpery features a series of remarkable natural structures, including two classical temples crafted from green oak and cut to resemble stone, at the base of which sits David Wynne’s sculpture of the Goddess of the Wood.

The renowned thatched tree house, affectionately named ‘Hollyrood House’, is also situated within this wooded area, as well as HRH The Prince of Wales’ prized National Collection of large and broad-leaved hostas - one of the Prince’s favourite plants.

To the southern edge of the Stumpery lies the ‘Wall of Gifts’, an eye-catching display of architectural stone, including pieces collected by the Prince, as well as donations crafted by students from the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community.

Other features that enhance the natural landscape include a bronze relief of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and an unusual stone-built water feature crowned with a canopy of Gunnera, which in recent years has been a favourite nesting spot for wild ducks.

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