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. 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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.