ThinkinGardens in 2012 where I discuss about whether Rousham should be considered as a garden as such. I still think that calling it a garden does not describe what visitors experience. I also say in this piece that I was once told that Rousham is about dark and light. This remains a useful way of thinking for me about the grounds.
You start with light and clear views across the lawns and out into the landscape beyond.
This is all very well, this is all very nice I am sure you will agree, but what is it that makes Rousham special? It is, as is often the case, in the detail.
It is time now to get out into the grounds.
All Horts network. I am not sure we spoke in hushed tones as we happily chatted our way around the grounds.
There are some things that are useful to know before you visit:
Each time I visit I think I 'get' Rousham a little bit more, except I also think that it is not for me. I have no wish to have a similar garden as I enjoy change too much. I like to see the seasons move in my garden and to replace old with new. It is one of those places that I think it is important that it exists, it is important that it continues to survive but it is not my idea of what gardening is nor what I would want to achieve......... and I know I will be visiting again.