Garden News


For those who are unable to visit we intend posting images of the gardens, especially of plants currently in bloom. 

The pink paeony adds colour to the western border
where there are also many columbines (Aquilegia) in 

We are especially pleased with the white garden just beyond the tea kiosk.  It was planted four years ago and is now maturing nicely.  The hydrangeas bear a sea of large white blooms amongst the white bark of the Himalayan birch trees which share this shady corner of the lower lawn. 

These impressive hydrangea plants are of the variety Annabelle.

We appreciate the sketches below, two of several received from local artist Mary Phelan showing visitors relaxing in summer sunshine in the gardens.


The Bhutan pine, one of our favourite trees in the garden, has been showing signs of stress for at least a year or so.  The canopy has become thinner this year with some branches showing marked deterioration following the recent prolonged period of dry weather.  It is not the only tree suffering under these conditions, the neighbouring tulip tree on the lawn and the black walnut also show worrying signs of stress as are some of the younger trees nearer the river bank. Our concerns have been conveyed to Reading Borough Council. We have proposed that the Bhutan pine should be watered, mulched and the area around it fenced off to prevent further soil compaction due to footfall.  In the interim, we appreciate the efforts of Will, our gardener, and several volunteers for watering the worst affected trees in the garden and hope that we might see significant rainfall to assist in this process.

We are sad to report that the Diocese have had to fell one of the signature limes near the Rectory this week.  It was one of two common limes near our entrance gates which have borne huge clusters of mistletoe in their upper reaches.  The tree had to be felled because it was causing damage to the perimeter wall.  We understand that the Diocese will be replacing it with a small leaved lime tree in that area.  We will keep you posted on the planting.  Small leaved limes are relatively uncommon these days but were originally the dominant lime species. They suffered from over competition in woodlands and slowness to reproduce so have been replaced in most situations by the common hybrid lime.  

Also, Reading Borough Council has planted a new copper beech in front of the stable block, which has just now come into leaf.


We are delighted that relaying of the house footprint was completed in December.  Limestone from Vraca (Vratsa), Bulgaria, has been used to outline the main 'rooms' of the Victorian house, with composite concrete around the entrance area.  A new feature is that oak has been used to mark doorways, whereas the thresholds were previously delineated in the same stone as the walls showing the 19th century mansion.

Our new video for Heritage Open Days is here:

Welcome to Caversham Court Gardens

The gallery garden will be at its best during the end of June and early July as the lavender and other nectar rich species are in flower attracting bees and other insect life.  From afar the lavender bank yields the pattern and colours of an Impressionist painting.

The image above was taken from the top of the lavender bank as species began to flower with purple Hidcote lavender, the light green false dittany (Ballota) and the yellow flowered cotton lavender (Santolina) beyond.  Other species to look out for are blue flowering mint like hyssop and reddish brown Japanese barberry.
The bright red penstemons (var. Garnet) are a mass of blooms in the herbaceous border. Each bloom is very similar to a foxglove flower.