About January’s Garden


Snowshill Manor garden sign

Wade’s Blue sign with garden stone quote – via

From Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘The  Canterbury Tales’  in the The Merchant’s Tale, about January’s garden –  such lovely words and I agree!

He made a gardyn, walled al with stoon;
So fair a gardyn woot I nowher noon.

The whole section where these lines appear.

This noble January, with all his might,
Honourably, as does befit a Knight,
Arranged affairs to live deliciously.
His housing, his array, as splendidly
Befitted his condition as a King’s.
Among the rest of his luxurious things
He built a garden walled about with stone;
So fair a garden do I know of none.

These words are depicted in a plaque above a doorway in the garden at Snowshill Manor, Gloucestershire – now owned by the National Trust.

Snowshill Manor garden

Snowshilll Manor was the home of Charles Paget Wade.  He was a man with a passion for craftsmanship, colour and design which began when he was just seven years old.   His motto was ‘let nothing perish’, and his life was dedicated to finding, restoring and enjoying objects of beauty, both everyday and extraordinary.

He packed his treasures into the Cotswold manor house (Snowshill) which he bought and renovated for the purpose.

The gardens at Snowshill Manor

The manor nestles in an intimate Arts and Crafts-style terraced garden with hidden vistas and quiet corners.

Charles Wade created his own paint colour.   ‘Never paint a “nature” green – turquoise is the most satisfactory colour, a foil to the grass and foliage’ he wrote.   Subtly different to turquoise, ‘Wade Blue’ is the backdrop to many intriguing quotes dotted around the garden.



  1. Comment by Lucy Saggers:

    How lovely to see this corner of England…..as a small child I lived, for a few years, very very near Snowshill….and loved the place. Thank you for sharing such treats….
    Lucy x

  2. Comment by Jennifer Tetlow:

    Thanks Lucy – must have been a wonderful place to be as a child, remembering it through the imagination of a youngster – for me the stone colour and building appearance, lie so easily, just snuggled into the garden green and surrounding landscape. Bit of a fan of Arts and Crafts style!

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