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Swiss Gardens

As part of PLACE youngsters’ learning around this term’s theme of “Flowers”, we visited the quaint, quirky and very charming Swiss Garden.  Families were given a tour by the garden staff that focused on the Garden’s beautiful floral displays and on the work that goes into their preparation and maintenance all year round.

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The Swiss Chalet

Swiss Garden has been described as “the most complete surviving example of a Regency garden in Britain… an alpine wonder on the outskirts of Biggleswade”.  Over recent years, the Garden has undergone an 18-month, £3.5 million restoration process funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund – there are 13 listed structures of delicate character on the site!

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One of our wonderful guides in full flow

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On the Woodland Trail – resting on one of the beautiful wooden sculptures that adorn the route

Swiss Garden was created by eccentric Lord Ongley, who built the estate village of Old Warden on a similar alpine theme; apparently he expected his workers to sport rustic red neckerchiefs as he came by in his carriage!  Apart from wonderful landscaping and magnificent and ever-changing floral displays, highlights of the Garden include the principal thatched building, the Swiss Cottage, a Grotto and Fernery, a tiny chapel, a thatched “Indian kiosk”, a punt dock – and several little islands accessible via small bridges and adorned with urns.  Oh – and there are the most beautiful peacocks too fearlessly wandering around!