Discover Wallington's secret garden

The impressive Portico House, overlooking Garden Pond in the East Woods © NTPL/Matthew Antrobus

The impressive Portico House, overlooking Garden Pond in the East Woods

Leave the formality of the house behind and explore the wonderful 18th century pleasure ground waiting for you in the woods.  

Full of magnificent trees, colourful shrubs and huge ponds, the East Woods are home to red squirrels, otters, bats and great spotted woodpeckers.

Whichever path you take through the woods, whether it’s the winding Serpentine Path or the longer path that loops around the China Pond and past the impressive Portico House, the tranquillity of the landscape will envelope you.

Enjoy a gentle stroll through this colourful ever-changing environment, where carpets of spring bulbs blossom into graceful summer flowering lace cap hydrangeas before giving way to the flaming autumnal tints of the veteran trees.

When you reach Garden Pond, a mini-lake often covered in waterlilies and home to a family of geese, you will catch a glimpse of the jewel of the Garden - our enchanting Walled Garden. 

Hidden beyond Neptune’s Gate at edge of the woods, the Walled Garden is an unexpected gem - a wonderful surprise for first time visitors and must-see place for many of our returning visitors.

Although built in 1760 to grow fruit and vegetables, this very irregular contoured Walled Garden is now filled with an abundance of colourful themed borders, decorative shrubs and specimen plants.

As you enter the garden, a stone staircase sweeps down either side of the Mary Pool, a pond of clear water which feeds the stream that trickles down through the garden. 

Further down the garden, yew hedges enclose a small nuttery, full of spring bulbs, ornamental trees and small vegetables plots, where we're beginning to grow vegetables to be served in the Clocktower Café. 

There is also a beautiful Edwardian Conservatory, originally created as a Winter Garden, which is home to an array of beautiful plants throughout the year.

Looking down on the conservatory is the Owl House, an impressive bothy or potting shed, decorated with the family emblem of an owl.

In a quiet corner at the bottom of the garden, there is an open lawn next to a lovely pond which is an ideal spot for picnics, while on sunny summer days you can also enjoy drinks and snacks at our Garden Kiosk as you soak up the wonderful atmosphere of the Walled Garden.