Chenies Manor House wins Garden of the Year award

Chenies Manor House in Buckinghamshire has been recognised as the Garden of the Year by the Historic Houses Association.

The gardens of Chenies Manor House in Buckinghamshire have won the 2009 Garden of the Year award sponsored by the Historic Houses Association and Christie's.

The national award, now in its 26th year, is designed to recognise the importance of gardens with outstanding horticultural and public appeal, either in their own right or as the setting for a historic house.

"I am delighted that the Garden of the Year Award has gone this year to Chenies Manor where Elizabeth MacLeod Matthews, her late husband and her family have dedicated nearly 50 years to the creation and development of the beautiful gardens on this historic site," said Edward Harley, president of the Historic Houses Association.

The gardens include a sunken garden, physic garden and mazes and recently appeared on the BBC's Little Dorrit production, as well as in an advert for Marks and Spencer.

"We are delighted to receive this prestigious award in recognition of the restoration and development of the gardens at Chenies. It is great recognition of the contribution the team and voluntary helpers have made to this evolution over time and to their tremendous and enthusiastic work over the past years. We all look forward to welcoming visitors to the gardens and our home this summer," said Elizabeth MacLeod Matthews.


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