The ethos at Bere Mill is to let nature come into the garden.
The garden sits comfortably within the landscape, complementing its surroundings.


"Let us forget the sorrows: they are there
Always, but Spring too seldom there;
Once in a life-time only; oh seize hold!
Sweet in the telling once, but not retold.
In Nature’s cycle blessed once a year,
Not long enough to savour, but more dear
For all the anguish of its brevity

April the angel of the months, the young
Love of the year. Ancient and still so young,
Lovelier than the craven’s paradox;
Christ’s Easter and the Syrian Adonis’
When all things turn into their contrary,
Death into life and silence into sound

Vita Sackville-West ‘The Garden’

In the Beauty of the Test Valley

The garden lies alongside the River Test and its picturesque water meadows

Map of the Garden

Startled them with reward,
a flash as sudden
As the kingfisher’s blue on
English stream

The Garden in the Landscape

The garden is designed to complement its surroundings

Map of the Garden

Planting and Horticulture

Mediterranean, herbaceous and bog planting, with orchards and riverside marginals

Visiting the Garden

We dream our dreams,
What should we be, without our fabulous flowers?

Art and sculpture

The works of well known sculptors adorn the garden

Visiting the Garden