The gardens at Beningbrough

Discover the formal gardens, walled kitchen garden, herbaceous borders and the blossoming 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 a two acre working walled garden with a 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 the year and watching the season change is often a reason to return time after time.



A sense of the seasons

Using imagery from the team across the year and created as part of a previous exhibition, immerse your senses in a journey around the garden and parkland in all weathers. From frosty footsteps to fluttering butterfly wings, this short video is a snapshot of the nature and wildlife you might find on your visit. Be sure to have the sound on...but you'll have to imagine the smells.

Taking in our trees

Autumn and winter is one of the best times to really appreciate the trees in the landscape. As the leaves drop, their shapes can really be seen and when the new season looms, the buds open to begin the cycle once more.

Large tree in a green open space with balck cows grazing underneath

Top ten trees of interest at Beningbrough

Uncover a little bit more about the pear arch, a lightning scarred oak, and the fourth largest variegated English oak in the country. They're all open to debate though, have your favourite trees made it?

The Pergola

The second exciting and most significant development yet for Beningbrough’s garden transformation was completed in spring 2018 with the planting of the new Pergola. The Wisteria 'Alba' is in its infancy now, but holds all the promise for this tranquil area of the gardens, growing over oak beams and underplanted with bulbs, flowering shrubs and topiary. One year on, the changing colours make for an eye-catching stroll.

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. Explore more about who this award winning designer is, his plans for Beningbrough and how the garden is evolving year by year...

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. One of the next major phases in the garden's developments will be to tranform this whole area into the Mediterranean garden with planting over the entire area, not just the borders, a new water feature and pathways to get in among the garden.

Work has started with much of the existing planting removed but development plans are currently on hold due to the extraordinary circumstances of 2020. The area has been seeded with a wildflower mix and is a haven for wildlife.

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.

Take in the scents and sights of the double border in summer
The double border in June in Beningbrough's gardens
Take in the scents and sights of the double border in summer

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.

Step along the ha-ha walk in late winter and early spring

In 2016 visitors helped to mark Beningbrough's 300th birthday by planting 300,000 bulbs on a new walk along the south ha-ha. As winter turns to spring this area is blanketed in colour, from the white of the snowdrops to the pale purple of the crocus and the vibrant yellows of the daffodils. Stretch your legs and soak up the views over the south parkland and beyond.

Following on from the snowdrops, the daffodils put on their dazzling display in spring
A striking blanket of yellow daffodils
Following on from the snowdrops, the daffodils put on their dazzling display in spring

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, by the vines in the greenhouse and all the other the growing produce. It's a popular spot for visitors and because of the confined space and use of produce, this along with the play area are the only parts of the garden that dogs are not permitted to visit.

Taking a stroll through the acres of formal gardens
Two people walking along a floral border
Taking a stroll through the acres of formal gardens

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 are used in the restaurant and any surplus available through the shop.

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

RHS Partner Garden

We are delighted that Beningbrough is an RHS partner gardens. RHS members can visit for free Tuesdays to Fridays from 1 March until 31 October. Please book your ticket using the members option on the website before 3pm the day before and bring your membership card on the day as we are unable to verify memberships directly with the RHS.

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