Maple Leaf Court

GSSG

Green Squares & Secret Gardens

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GSSG Green Squares and Secret Gardens:

 

We will be opening both days Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June from 11:00 - 4:30. Entrance will be in Richmond Terrace.

 

With the exception of the sunken Japanese garden, the gardens are flat and wheelchair accessible.

 

We regret that due to circumstances beyond our control we will not be serving refreshments this year.

MAPLE LEAF COURT

 

A Sunken Japanese garden complete with tea house forms part of this communal garden in the heart of Clifton

History

 

Built on the former site of Maple Leaf Coaches in 1981, forty-three homes were developed as accommodation for those aged sixty and over.

 

From its conception and apart from lawns and trees maintained by a management company, the gardens at Maple Leaf Court have been developed and nurtured by a number of successive, enthusiastic and dedicated residents living here.

 

However, nine years ago, two residents, both in their 70’s, decided to enhance a sunken, sloping and neglected part of the garden to the rear of the site. Heavily overgrown with ivy, brambles, an invasive Hypericum, a huge amount of builders’ rubble, dark and wet, this was no place for geraniums!

 

Originally, a minimalistic Japanese Zen garden was planned with raked gravel and one or two strategically placed stones and oriental trees. However, this area is beneath a canopy of neighbouring, fully matured beech, aspen, rowan and conifer trees, making the maintenance of an immaculate Zen garden, impossible. Nevertheless, the shade and protection from the wind is the preferred environment for oriental acer trees.

 

After months of digging sand into the clay at the top of the slope, and gravel as drainage into the bog at the lower ground, marsh irises and two oriental acer trees were planted. The Japanese theme was now in place. The building of the small, Japanese tea house, the bridge and fencing followed, the whole project being quite a challenge for two somewhat elderly people!

 

This little space is now filled with ferns, grasses, azaleas, camellias, hostas, bamboo and acer trees. An oasis of calm in the bustling residential area of Clifton.

A lovely place for an early morning cup of coffee and a croissant.

 

Sylvia Supple

 

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Haiku of Basho Matsuo, the first great poet of Japanese haiku in the 1600s:

 

An old silent pond...

 

A frog jumps into the pond,

 

splash! Silence again.

 

 

Matsuo Bashō

 

GSSG RoseMary Musgrave

Garden Flat, 4 Eaton Crescent,

Clifton, BS8 2EJ

Call: 0117 9731704

Email: info@gssg-bristol.com

Webmaster: Lynne McAleavey