Garden

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About our garden

Lord and Lady Illife bought Basildon Park in 1952 and set about repairing the then derelict garden. They cleared overgrown areas, created borders and re-planted trees and shrubs.

They donated the estate to us in 1978, and we've continued work in the garden by restoring paths and features, such as the iron Umbrello seat, and re-planting new areas to bring more colour into the garden.

What's in season...

Our sweet peas are looking and smelling lovely!

We have daffodils in abundance at the moment, they're making the place look and smell wonderful.

 

 

 

Seasonal changes

  • Discover the colours of the garden © National Trust

    Summer

    Wildflower meadows appear across the garden. The roses bloom and the borders fill with colour.

  • Autumn colour in the garden © National Trust

    Autumn

    Find chestnuts and conkers that have fallen from the tree. Leaves on the trees turn into autumn shades.

  • Lady Iliffe's rose garden at Basildon Park © National Trust

    Winter

    Different evergreen shades can be spotted amongst the trees. Holly is gathered for Christmas decorations.

  • Lady Iliffe's rose garden at Basildon Park © Basildon Park

    Spring

    The garden comes to life with groups of snowdrops and waves of daffodils bursting through the grass.

What we're working on this season...

  • Replanting some of our flower beds
  • Maintaining the new grass maze - great for butterfly spotting

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