In the midst of the hustle and bustle of Petersfield High Street, half-hidden between the shops, lies a quiet oasis of beauty and tranquility. Petersfield Physic Garden is the perfect place for some time out whilst shopping, somewhere to sit and relax for a few minutes and bask in the unseasonably warm sunshine of a late September morning.
That said, with two small children in tow, there wasn’t that much opportunity to sit and bask although it is certainly something that I used to spend a lot of time doing in this garden back in my late teens. It was the perfect spot to sit and daydream and although I hadn’t set foot in the garden in sixteen years or so, it was just as I remember it being.
The garden is laid out like a 17th century garden with four distinct areas – the Knot Garden, the Topiary Walk, the Orchard and the Herb Garden. The Herb Garden is the largest of these and my favourite part of the garden. The girls loved running up and down the paths in this part of the garden, picking up sticks off the ground and looking at the different plants.
Jessica spent most of the time hunting for “my vegetable garden” and I think she was a little disappointed not to find it! Sophie was just happy to wander about, and spend time with Nanny, who had never visited the garden before, despite having lived in the town for thirty-odd years!
It was the perfect spot to take some photos of the girls together to send to Daddy while he was away working on an event. I particularly love the little gate at the far end of the garden which looks out over the stream which runs alongside the main town car park.