Sweet smelling Wisteria and Lilac

Wisteria Nonsuch 1

Visit Nonsuch Mansion House gardens this weekend and the air will be heady with the scent of lilac and wisteria.  Nonsuch Gardens are famous for having of of Surreys largest Wisteria Trees

In 1860 Swete’s Handbook of Epsom describes a  Wisteria120 feet (36.5 metres) in the formal gardens.  Could it be the same plant?


Marshalls history of Cheam, tells us that “The first Lilac trees were brought to Nonsuch by Sir Walter Raleigh.  The Horourable Mrs Colborne, the owner in 1928 keeps up the tradition, as every kind of Lilac that is known is at present growing in the gardens of Nonsuch Park.”

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