We are famous at Athelhampton for our towering yew pyramids. We came across some great pictures taken for an article about the Gardens written in 1899 for Country Life Magazine.
Here you can see that the Yews are tiny in their surroundings in comparison to the spectacular structures you see today, a 100 years after they were planted by Alfred Cart de Lafontaine, who purchased Athelhampton in 1891. He set about restoring the house and creating the formal gardens we see today.
The twelve Pyramids set around a sunken pool now stand 30 feet tall and need pruning once a year to retain their shape.
Our Head Gardener is Mr Mark Eavis who has worked with us for 28 years. He is assisted by Mr David Bishop. They undertake most of the gardening and planting with guidance from Mrs Andrea Cooke who takes care of replanting and redesigning the borders using different themes and colour schemes. Mr Patrick Cooke the current owner of Athelhampton takes great pleasure in maintaing the pyramids and is in charge of pruning the yews, he has been up the ladder attending to the yews since he was 17!
Here are some of our favourite topiary gardens from around the world, showcasing how topiary can add great depth and structure to a formal garden.
Abbey House Gardens in Malmesbury, Wiltshire
Kings Walk, East Ruston Old Vicarage
Ancient Boxwood Garden, Verona, Italy
Packwood House, Warwickshire
Stunning topiary at Eyrignac Gardens in France.
The Pyramids at Athelhampton are not only enjoyed by the many visitors we see throughout the year but make a fantastic photo opportunity for our brides and grooms. Which helps to make us one of the most popular wedding venues in Dorset .