One of our planned visits on this Shropshire ramble was to the garden of the Dower House, Morville Hall, a garden now more widely known since the publication of ‘The Morville Hours’ by garden historian and writer Katherine Swift. She took on the lease of a 1.5 acre field in the grounds of the hall in 1988, as well as of the Dower House, and her book very movingly describes the making of the garden interspersed with her own history and that of the Morville area of Shropshire. The garden was past its peak today, but I shall be able to go home and re-read the book with a greater knowledge now that I have seen it in person. If you have not read the book I can thoroughly recommend it, as I can the cream teas made and served by Katherine herself, with a choice of jam from virtually every fruit growing in her garden. As I said, just a taster today – more about the garden when we get home.
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