Just as I got out of the car and had bought my ticket the heavens opened so I had to wait a bit before venturing out ..
It is also a very popular venue for weddings which take place in the Italian Villa. There were preparations for just such an event today. But fortunately I was in the gardens before the wedding so could visit all parts of the garden.
Starting through the Roman garden..
and into the Italian Garden.. fortunately fully accessible ..
The Italian Villa
and the a stroll through the Wooded Valley.. with its water falls and cascades..
Various sculpture dotted about the garden..
Interestingly, this is the same as the sculpture I saw recently at Borde Hill Gardens and if memory serves, the same artist!!
and then into the Rock & Water Garden...
and the far end of this tunnel up in the 'ceiling' a wren had an active nest... I didn't realise that until..
I saw the Wren with a beakfull of food.. and then watched as it flew into the nest in the tunnel..
Along the sculpture trail....
Ponders thought this was a rather nice viewpoint..
and approaching the Japanese Garden
and through the arch into the Japanese Gardens