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Winchester, from Waterers and Messrs Gill and from European nurseries including Ravelli’s at Pallanza on Lake Maggiore and Sprenger of Naples. The Sussex owners, in spite of the competition between them, exchanged plants amongst themselves and with other gardening friends. At Borde Hill, for example, trees raised from seed collected in Western China by Rock came via the arboretum at Westonbirt and a Himalayan fi r had been “sent as a young tree from Leonardslee”. Colonel ‘Stephy’ had a Cotoneaster


rotundifolia Wallich from “plants kindly given to me by the Revd Arthur Boscawen of Ludgan”, a forebear of the present owners of The High Beeches, and three plants of Magnolia offi cinalis “kindly presented to me by Colonel L.C.R. Messel, OBE”. Of Pieris forrestii he writes: “Thanks to the generosity of Dame Alice Godman and Lord Wakehurst, I possess plants of the most beautiful forms of this species cultivated at South Lodge and Wakehurst…” On a personal level, Ludwig Messel and his youngest daughter Muriel brought home specimens collected on holiday in the South of France while Leonard’s wife Maud was always on the look-out for a new rose for her collection. At Borde Hill in 1934 there was a Norway spruce, “a tree 12ft. high, brought home as a small plant, in a luncheon basket, from Switzerland by Mrs Stephenson Clarke in 1913.” This good lady clearly travelled with an eagle eye open for treasure, as Borde Hill also had an oak tree, 9ft high in 1934 “brought as a seedling from Fontainebleau Forest in 1923”. Wherever they came from, all these plants naturalised in the Sussex countryside created the fi ve great gardens.


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