Visitors remark on the tranquillity and sense of calm in the garden © Lytes Cary Manor staff and volunteers

Visitors remark on the tranquillity and sense of calm in the garden

An Arts and Crafts inspired garden

The garden you see today at Lytes Cary Manor is very different to the garden that existed during the 17th and 18th centuries when the Lyte family were in residence. During this time the garden would've had more of a practical use.

Henry Lyte's son, Thomas, maintained the orchard where he grew apples, pears, plums, grapes, cherries, walnuts and peaches. Sadly during the decline of the property in the Victorian period, much of the original garden was lost. 

When the Jenners took up residence in 1907 the garden needed a complete overhaul and was redesigned in the Arts and Crafts style that was popular at the time. The design featured mostly rectangular ‘rooms’ separated by yew hedges and stone walls, each reflecting a different mood or purpose.

After Sir Walter Jenner passed away in 1948, leaving Lytes Cary to the National Trust, it was let in 1955 to Jeremy Chittenden and his wife Biddy. Both worked tirelessly over the next 45 years to transform the gardens into those we enjoy today.


The raised walk is a feature from the elizabethan era

Most of the large hedges and topiary started out life in 1911 and were planted by the Jenners. They are now quite impressive and help create our special 'rooms' within the boundary of the garden.

Main border

The floral highlight of the garden

The main border follows a colour scheme starting with yellows and creams closest to the chapel and then blending into blues, mauves, purples, pinks and reds at the far end.

Beyond the garden

You'll be enchanted by the garden but your visit can be enhanced even further by following the permissive footpaths and exploring the old orchards, ponds, woods and grassland of the wider estate.