Garden

The walled garden

The walled garden in October © NTPL/John Millar

The walled garden in October

Follow the 1823 paths around the garden to discover a variety of seasonal flowers all year round along with traditional and rare apple varieties and a working vineyard producing 'Croft wine'. You'll also see our vegetable, fruit and salad borders, where we grow fresh seasonal produce for you to enjoy in the Carpenter's tea-room.

Look out for the bees at work inside the garden and children can enjoy finding the Croft chickens, hidden inside the orchards.

50 things to do before you're 11 3/4

Tick off your 50 things list in Croft's garden © NTPL/Steve Haywood

Tick off your 50 things list in Croft's garden

Fly a kite, plant it, grow it, eat it or go bug hunting. Tick off up to 33 things from your 50 things list at Croft. From March 2014 you'll be able to plant it, grow it and eat it in a special area in our vegetable borders. Our gardener will show you how and you can even come back and reap what you've sewn later on at harvest time. Pop into our stables shop for a very handy bug spotting kit, complete with magnifying bug pot and back-pack.

Eating outdoors

Take time out to catch up and grab some fresh air © NTPL/John Millar

Take time out to catch up and grab some fresh air

Picnics are welcome anywhere in the garden

There are so many lovely spots to stop and enjoy a picnic in Croft's gardens. Look out for our deckchairs on dry days or even lay down on the lawn if you want to. If you forget something, ice creams, cakes, drinks and other picnic accompaniments including picnic rugs are available from the Stables shop or Carpenters tea-room.

 

Flower power

See the restoration project of this 100 year old glasshouse © NTPL/Ana Vaughan

See the restoration project of this 100 year old glasshouse

In the walled garden you'll find the 1914 J.Weeks and Co glasshouse which is currently being lovingly restored by our garden team. Plants grown inside the garden will be on sale from the glasshouse and children can get stuck in with the 'green room' during the school holidays.

We'll also be sharing the story of life at the home front for the garden during WW1 from August this year.

For the love of horses

Listen for the sound of hooves © NTPL/Ana Vaughan

Listen for the sound of hooves

Take a look inside the Georgian Stables

You can see where some of the Croft horses lived in the Georgian stable block. The carriage horse stalls are now home to our Stables Shop and second-hand bookshop but some of the original hunter loose boxes still remain today. From March 2015, we'll be sharing the story of horses at war during WW1 with memorabilia, images, storys and hands on activities which bring to life the story of the four legged heroes.

 

Visit the Church

Step back to the fifteenth century inside the church © NTPL/Ian Grafton

Step back to the fifteenth century inside the church

St Michaels and All Angels church, located next to the castle, is still used today as a parish church. Our garden team tend to the relaxing church yard garden and if you take a look inside the church you can see the tomb of Sir Richard Croft, who fought in the battle of Mortimer’s Cross in 1461 during the Wars of the Roses. Parts of the church are 12th and 14th century and you'll also walk on the original medieval tiled floor which is a real patchwork of the church's history.

 

 

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Taste the wine and honey

Bees at work in the Croft garden © NTPL/Ross Hoddinott

Croft has a small vineyard, containing a variety of grape known as the Phoenix grape. It produces a white table type wine which is refreshing and crisp to drink. The wine is now on sale in the Stables shop. You can also look out for the bees in the walled garden who are busy producing honey for sale in our shop later this year.

Taste the wine and honey

See the working vineyard inside the walled garden © NTPL/Robert Morris

Croft has a small vineyard, containing a variety of grape known as the Phoenix grape. It produces a white table type wine which is refreshing and crisp to drink. The wine is now on sale in the Stables shop. You can also look out for the bees in the walled garden who are busy producing honey for sale in our shop later this year.

Keeping it growing

Get digging with us © NTPL/Laura Kennedy

Get digging with us

The garden is managed by one full time gardener a seasonal gardener and a team of volunteers. The garden team look after the long borders, terrace and church gardens and the walled garden along with all of it's buildings. We're looking for volunteers to help us maintain the garden and also to bring it to life with events and activities for the many families who enjoy a visit to Croft. Email us to find out more.

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