Walled Garden

Beauty and bounty

Attingham Harvest 

Attingham Harvest

Welcome to the Walled Garden: a space to relax and unwind among the flowers, fruits and vegetables. The Walled Garden was originally created in the 1780s to supply the estate, but it fell into a neglected state. Our green-fingered team of staff and volunteers have spent five years working to bring it back to life. From flowers in the mansion to produce in the tea room and shop, the Walled Garden once again supplies the estate all year round.
 

Meet the gardeners

Chat to one of our gardners to find out what they're up to 

Chat to one of our gardners to find out what they're up to

Admire the blooms in the borders and chat to the team about their tasks as they work. Come along to our Harvest Fair on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September to find out about the varieties of fruit we grow and see us pressing apples in the orchard.

The Bothy

Warm up in the Bothy 

Warm up in the Bothy

Step into the warmth of the Bothy for a welcome rest after crunching through the leaves on an autumn stroll, and to discover more about the Walled Garden's restoration.

 

Autumn in the orchard

Pack up a picnic and relax in the orchard  © NTPL/John Millar

Pack up a picnic and relax in the orchard

Enjoy autumn in the orchard and watch as we pick the apples from the trees. The apples are then pressed to make apple juice, which will be available in the tea room.
 

From plot to plate

Take a taste of the Walled Garden home – our fresh produce is on sale in our shop for you to enjoy at home and seasonal produce will also be available at our fairs. At the moment we're busy picking pears, damsons and root vegetables. Our tea-room and Carriage House Café are also supplied with organic fruit and vegetables from the Walled Garden – so if you just can’t wait, why not see what’s on the menu today? You can find out how our gardeners get their delicious produce from plot to plate in this video.

What to see this season

The herbaceous garden

Come and enjoy our new herbaceous garden this season. We've re-created the cutting garden that was here in the 1920s - designed specifically to supply the mansion with floral displays throughout the growing season. We've decided to do the same, using the flowers from the herbaceous garden for the mansion urns and tearoom tables: there's plenty of space to sit and enjoy the autumn sun too.

 

Getting growing

Our gardeners can often be found out planting, picking and planning the latest developments. They’re also around on some special Walled Garden events where you can drop in to find out more about some of their seasonal tasks.

Dig deeper

From the arrival of our observation beehive to our restoration successes - dig a little deeper and discover the Walled Garden's stories on our YouTube playlist

The story so far

Over the past five years we’ve been working to restore this space and transform it from a neglected piece of land back into a productive kitchen garden.

A garden for all seasons

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    Spring

    Spring is an important time of year in the garden. It’s then that we start seeds off early in the glasshouses. We prepare the vegetable beds for planting and sow annual cut flowers for our raised hazel beds. As the weather warms, we transplant seedlings into the main garden, constantly weeding as everything starts to grow.

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    Summer

    The main task during the summer is to harvest our produce to use in the tea-rooms and shop. We need to water the salad crops in the glasshouses (melons, tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines and chillies), as well as pruning our various fruit trees. Of course, the grass also needs constant mowing and edging.

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    Autumn

    September, October and November see the continuing harvesting of our produce for the tea-rooms and shop. We also begin clearing the main vegetable and frameyard beds as plants die back. The orchard needs harvesting, as 37 varieties of apple require picking, pressing and juicing.

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    Winter

    Towards the end of the year we start digging new beds ready for the following year. We replenish the soil in our glasshouse beds and prune the apple trees in the orchard. Pots need cleaning, labels need sorting and seeds have to be ordered as we prepare for the coming spring, and our yearly cycle starts over again.

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