Belton's spring gardens
Belton was designed to impress and the gardens reflect the formality of the late 17th century in keeping with the period of the mansion.
The Pleasure Grounds
During March and April the pleasure grounds become carpeted in swathes of daffodils, pale-yellow primroses and delicate blue scilla. Later in May, interlaced with native wild flowers, the naturalised grounds gradually give way to bluebells. Please keep to the paths during spring to help protect the pleasant display. Join the garden team and on Sunday 23 April 2017 between 2pm and 4pm to ‘have a go’ bulb planting. This event gives you the chance to help add to Belton’s annual spring flower display.
The Italian Garden
Inspired by the 1st Earl’s grand tour of Italy, Sir Jeffry Wyatville was commissioned to design the sunken garden in the early 19th century. Successive Brownlow generations enhanced and enriched its plantings and sculpture. Boasting a fountain centrepiece, topiary and boarders full of vibrant colour, the Italian Garden is a delight to discover amid bright spring bedding displays.
Overlooking the Italian Garden, this protective environment is home to a collection of lush foliage and exotic blooms. Behind the Orangery are herbaceous borders and four medlar trees enclosed by the old brick garden walls.
The Dutch Garden
The 3rd earl commissioned the layout of the Dutch Garden in the late 19th century to harmonise the north front of the house. The colourful parterres divided by topiary-lined gravel paths was inspired by a Dutch design. Heading north from the garden, visitors discover the sundial statue that inspired Helen Creswell to write ‘The Moondial’ 30 years ago.
Fun for the family
Enjoy a stroll along the Statue Walk and discover Belton's box plant maze. This feature has been replanted from a 1902 drawing the original was taken out having become overgrown when the garden staff went off to fight in the war.