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Gardens of England - King's Arms Garden - Ampthill, Bedfordshire

Updated on April 16, 2013
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A small and beautiful pond that lies towards one end of the garden
A small and beautiful pond that lies towards one end of the garden

Ampthill is a Georgian Town with a rich history. It has historical places of visit, a few gardens, beautiful houses and breathtaking walks. Among those few gardens is a small woodland garden called King’s Arms Garden, that lies on the King’s Arms Path. The path leading to the garden itself is stunningly beautiful with beautiful views of landscapes and natural pathways, surrounded by beautiful shrubs and trees.

Ampthill Market Square & Kings Arms Path

The garden was created in 1967 by William Nourish (1908 – 1986) a plantsman in about 1 ½ acres of land. After his death, it is being maintained by the Ampthill town council and a group of volunteers called “The Friends of the Garden” who help maintain the garden in good conditions.

The path from this garden leads into town. This garden is private and sometimes open to the public from time to time upon permission from the council. The opening times are announced by the town council in their website and also on a noticeboard outside the garden. There is a small entrance fee for adults.

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This garden which was earlier a wasteland has a variety of trees, shrubs, bulbs and many other variety of plants, both seasonal and non-seasonal. There is also a small pond which lies towards one end of the garden, which looks so serene. This piece of land where the garden exists now used to be a rubbish dump in the past. It was Mr. Nourish, who took permission from the council to clear it and develop it into a garden. Mr.Nourish was a horticulturist and hence used his skills and ability and put in so much effort to create this woodland garden. The garden is usually open on the last Sunday of every month, and this garden has featured in the Good gardens guide and BBC Gardeners’ world magazine.

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One of the colleagues in our office is a volunteer and belongs to “The Friends of the Garden” group. He had arranged for interested people to go for a walk down to the garden. I have shared here the pictures of the lovely garden which was taken during the visit of not more than 30 minutes. I am sorry, not sure of the names of the flowers, plants and trees and hence have not named them.

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      livingsta 16 months ago from United Kingdom

      Hello LaurieNunley517,

      Sorry for the late response. Thank you for passing by and sharing what you feel about the garden. It was indeed a beautiful place where you could just sit and watch the little beings do their sweet little things :-)

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      LaurieNunley517 18 months ago from Deep South

      Lovely garden and town. What a great thing to do...turning an old rubbish site into a beautiful place for everyone to enjoy. Great photos. Thank you for sharing!

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you so much Bake Like a Pro. It was indeed a beautiful place, so quiet and peaceful. Thank you for the vote and share. I am glad you liked it! :-)

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      Bake Like a Pro 4 years ago

      I love spending time in the gardens looking at each plant, tree and flower. These photos make me want be in King’s Arms Garden. Thank you for this great article and amazing photos. Voted up and sharing :)

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you so much Jamie Brock. Yes it is a beautiful place, I couldn't believe my eyes myself!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      This is such a beautiful place and your photos are STUNNING! Thank you so much for sharing :) Voted up, awesome& beautiful!

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      livingsta 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Gloshei, true, and thank you for the appreciation :)

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      Gloria 5 years ago from France

      sounds wonderful and the photos are superb. You can get so much pleasure from walking around gardens and plentyy of insipration for plants.

      Thank you

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      livingsta 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Janhorner, I didn't know either, until one of our colleagues arranged for this walk. I have been working in Ampthill for 2.5 years and still haven't had time to explore the area, and I was told there are beautiful walks through the woods there too !

      Thank you for the comments :)

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      livingsta 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @debbiepinkston, good, you should definitely do ! :)

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      livingsta 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Rtalloni :) yep!

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      livingsta 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @God is Dead, thank you :)

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      livingsta 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Angela Brummer, thank you :)

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      Janhorner 5 years ago

      What a fab place. I never knew it existed and I lived almost on the door step, near Shefford! Fantastic photo's could just imagine sitting there and letting then world go by!

      Jan

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      Debbie Pinkston 5 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      What a beautiful place! When I travel, my favorite thing to do is visit the parks and gardens. I will hopefully visit this garden someday!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      What a lovely, lovely walk you had!

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      God is dead 5 years ago

      Very nice post, I love the pictures. Will share it "Thumbs up" and Cheers (:

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Absolutely beautiful. I will share this!

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