Beauty and bounty
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.
Meet the gardeners
Admire the blooms in the borders and chat to the team about their tasks as they work. Drop on Friday 18 April to meet the Walled Garden team as they plant potatoes, a Good Friday tradition.
Step into the Bothy to find out more about the Walled Garden’s restoration and for a welcome rest after a stroll.
In spring, watch out for the blossoms bursting into life on the fruit trees that line the garden walls. The apple trees in the orchard will also start to bud and bloom with delicate white blossoms, making it an ideal spot for a romantic picnic.
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. 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
- We have been sowing lots of our vegetable seeds outside – so rows of carrots, peas, beetroot and lettuce will start appearing.
- If the weather stays warm the tulips will start to come out, don’t miss this fabulous display!
- The glasshouses will be full of more tender vegetable seedlings. Look out for tomatoes, melons, chillies and peppers.
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. The first of these events is Potato Planting on Good Friday - come along to find out how we get the garden going.
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
A garden for all seasons
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.
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.
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.
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.