The folk tune “Country Garden” is one that we all remember. Arranged for piano and orchestra by Percy Aldridge Grainger in 1918, and made into a UK charts hit in 1962 by Jimmie Rodgers, the tune is, in fact, very old indeed. There is a version of “Country Gardens” in the “Quakers Opera” of 1728 by Thomas Walker, “as performed at Bartholomew’s Fair,” and it was well known as an accompaniment to Morris dancing, usually then played on violin or accordion. It was collected and recorded by Cecil Sharp, the founding father of the folk-song revival, in the early twentieth century.
“How many kinds of sweet flowers grow
In an English country garden?
We’ll tell you now of some that we know
Those we miss you’ll surely pardon……”
And the Jimmie Rodgers song goes on to list some of the traditional names of country garden or cottage garden flowers, from “heart’s ease” to “lady’s smock” and “forget-me-nots”.
Now there is a particular relaxed pleasure to enjoying an English Country garden in full bloom on a hot July day followed by a cream tea and freshly-baked cakes.
And YOU are invited to join us in our country garden at Stone Farm next Saturday and Sunday under the National Gardens Scheme to raise funds for deserving health and care charities, entrance just £4. We are fortunate to have a large country garden with extensive flower beds, orchards and terraced borders and a walled vegetable garden.
The gardens at Stone Farm, Alverdiscott Road, BIdeford, EX39 4PN are open from 2.00pm to 5.00pm on Saturday July 24th. and Sunday July 25th.
We cannot promise all the flowers mentioned in the song, but we can offer you a great afternoon out in a tranquil country setting, and some wonderful home-made refreshments. Do join us!