Dunham Massey’s garden © The University of Manchester

Dunham Massey’s garden

Relaxation and recuperation

For soldiers recovering at the Stamford Hospital, it wasn't just the indoor environment that was important. Soldiers spent lots of time outdoors, relaxing and recuperating in all weathers. Click below to find out more about how the garden was used during the First World War.

Welcoming winter

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’  Almost weather proof winter flowers

From the striking silver of the birch triangle through to highly scented shrubs, the winter garden is a welcome burst of colour and fragrance in the coldest months of the year. Open from 11am until dusk daily. Thousands of spring bulbs will signal the start of spring next year and in the meantime you can enjoy an ever changing display of colour, texture and structure.

The Victory Garden

This seed order from 1918 reveals what was planted in the walled garden

During the First World War gardeners on the home front were encouraged to grow fruit, vegetables and herbs on any available land to supplement their diets. This year a cluster of Victory Gardens will be recreated at Dunham. These small plots will contain a mixture of fruit, vegetable and herb varieties grown during the First World War, including many heritage cultivars no longer grown today.

The Herb Border

Pink valerian in bloom

As well as the Victory Garden, we're also planning a border planted with medicinal herbs. This is intended to reflect the therapeutic nature of the garden's past.

Herbs such as camomile, mint and angelica will grow alongside less appealing sounding herbs, like the castor oil plant!