Explore Belton's summer gardens
Summer is well and truly on the way, and what better way to spend a summer's day than wandering through Belton’s charming gardens?
The Italian Garden
What is now the Italian Garden was remodelled extensively in 1816 to include the Orangery, fountain and Lion Exedra. This year our dedicated gardeners are returning much of the garden’s lost planting scheme.
Belton’s head gardener, Jon, has worked from historic plans, photos and paintings to recreate the deep herbaceous borders running through the centre of the Italian Garden. The borders will bring added colour and interest over the summer months.
In July, blue agapanthus makes a striking display in front of the Orangery. While deep red 'Bishop of Llandaff' dahlias also look superb with their ruffled petals catching the sunlight.
Works to restore features of the Italian Garden as they appeared in the late 1820s are ongoing.
In and around the Orangery
Overlooking the Italian Garden, the Orangery is home to a collection of lush foliage and exotic blooms. Californian and Kentia Palms add texture and height. Pelargoniums frame a tranquil pool, serenely overlooked by the Belton Bather statue.
In the walled garden behind the Orangery, old-fashioned sweet peas, deep blue delphiniums and fragrant roses are a delight.
The twelfth-century parish church of St Peter and St Paul, beside the Orangery, belongs to the Lincoln Diocese but is regularly open to visitors and certainly worth a visit.
The Dutch Garden
The garden takes its name from the layout of the colourful parterres divided by topiary-lined gravel paths and was inspired by a Dutch design.
The perfect symmetry makes the Dutch Garden a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the delightful fragrance of lilac, orange blossom and lavender. Dark green and golden yew balls perfectly offset weathered stone planters and purple salvia.
One of Belton’s most favoured views is from the Sundial looking back at the honey-coloured stone of the house and North Terrace steps. This view featured as Lady Catherine de Burgh's home 'Rosings' in the 1995 BBC TV series of Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle.
A stroll through the Pleasure Grounds
The Pleasure Grounds are an idyllic spot for a stroll along winding paths surrounded by a range of seasonal wildflowers, taking in features such as the mirror pond and temple.
Look out for the ha-ha, with views across the parkland and take time to enjoy the tranquillity of the lakes.
Pause by the statue of Ceres where the creamy, snapdragon-like flowers and leafy branches of the Indian bean tree frame another perfect view of the house.
This year we introduce you to four creative women of Belton with trails that celebrate their life and work. The gardens explore the lives and work of Sophia Cust and Florence Woolward.
As the daughter of the first Earl Brownlow, Sophia spent much of her youth at Belton and, throughout her life, painted what has now become an invaluable collection of watercolours.
The trail shows how Sophia’s paintings have helped shape the conservation work at Belton in ways that may not have been possible without her legacy.
Florence was a self-taught botanical illustrator and it was undoubtedly at Belton that her fascination with botanical drawing took hold.
Much of her professional work centred on orchids and so an exhibition of her drawings and her workstation has been placed in the Orangery as part of the garden trail.
You may spot Jack, Richard, Pete or Ellie, Belton’s gardeners, edging the lawns or clipping the yew. Belton’s dedicated team of garden volunteers can also be spotted planting and weeding the immaculate borders.
Our gardeners are always on hand for a chat, whether you want to know more about Belton’s plants and flowers or you need some tips for your own summer garden.