The gardens at Beningbrough Hall

The double border in June in Beningbrough's gardens

Discover the formal gardens, walled kitchen garden, herbaceous borders and recently introduced Pergola, all of which make up the many, varied gardens at Beningbrough.

A labour of love

There are over eight acres of formal gardens to explore, relax among the flowers or maybe compare the size of your vegetables. They include working walled kitchen garden with large fruit collection, several herbaceous borders, a newly installed and planted pergola and less formal areas managed for wildlife. Each area tends to be at its best at a different time of year and watching the season change is often a reason visitors return time after time.
 
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Explore the Beningbrough gardens

Gardener Mark knows the formal gardens inside out. He's worked in the walled garden for over 20 years and knows all about out the produce we grow and seasonal wildlife. Join him for a short video looking at the summer highlights in some of the borders and what you might expect when visiting at different times of the year.

The Pergola

We’ve reached the second exciting and most significant development yet for Beningbrough’s garden transformation, the planting of the new Pergola. In spring 2018, the garden team of staff and volunteers started planting the shrubs that will bring this sunny spot to life. The Wisteria 'Alba' is in its infancy now, but holds all the promise for this tranquil area of the gardens.

The 300,000 bulbs planted along the ha-ha walk in autumn 2016 were the first changes introduced as part of award winning garden designer Andy Sturgeon's garden vision for Beningbrough.

Read more about the garden vision project.

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The Pergola at Beningbrough

The first new garden from Andy Sturgeon's long term vision for Beningbrough was officially opened in June 2018. Hear more about the creation of this tranquil spot from Andy and the garden team.

Double herbaceous border

The heady scent of mock orange fills the air along the pathway through this part of the garden, at its best in early summer. Pastel colours prevail in swathes of perennials including geraniums, peonies and wisteria growing up obelisk frames.
 

A little piece of Italy

Beningbrough was built in 1716 by John Bourchier following his Grand Tour around Europe and was particularly inspired by his stay in Italy. The Italian border is filled in high summer with colourful Mediterranean blooms suited to hot climates and periods of drought but still able to withstand the Yorkshire climate.
 

Bulbs, blossom and blooms

Often described as a garden for all seasons, the changes throughout the year can be tracked with a different area looking at its best. Winter structure makes way for the first shoots and bulbs. Falling blossom petals create carpets of colour and borders fill with summer blooms turning in time to autumn seed heads.
 

Bedding out Victorian style

The West Formal Garden sits next to the conservatory, a Victorian addition to the hall. The planting changes twice a year, as was the Victorian fashion to show off the brightest and boldest plants and foliage. The East Formal, in contrast, is a cool, scented space to watch the fish or sit in the summer house.
 

Walled Garden

A stroll around Beningbrough's Walled Garden will take you through the historic pear arch, under the vines in the greenhouse and passed the growing produce.

Beningbrough's Walled Garden in all its summer glory
One of North Yorkshire's finest walled gardens in Beningbrough
Beningbrough's Walled Garden in all its summer glory

Over 50 varieties of apples & pears, plus many other fruits & vegetables, are cultivated using traditional methods in two acres of enclosed kitchen garden. Harvested produce like the Beetroots below are used in the restaurant and surplus sold through the shop.

Download the Beningbrough Walled Garden fruit plan (PDF / 0.2MB) download