Summer in Berrington's walled garden and pleasure grounds
Here at Berrington our walled garden and pleasure grounds are a perfect example of the Georgian elegance. With different plants to enjoy, an installation to investigate and areas to explore, there’s something for everyone.
Come to Berrington to discover Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s final design; our walled garden and pleasure grounds, this summer.
The garden and pleasure grounds have maintained their Georgian style and they are ideal for a simple stroll with well gravelled footpaths and plants to discover.
There are plenty of flowers, herbs and colours to enjoy as we grow various different plants. From Dahlia’s to Rose’s or mint, there is something for everyone. We even have a vegetable patch from which we take fresh produce to use in the tea-room.
When the old plan of the estate was discovered with beds planted in chevron and diagonal lines our gardeners started to do that to. So the seasonal bed divided into smaller squares and diamonds edged with lots of herbs, which the cafe love and use regularly, and flowers for companion planting for smell, colour, beauty and cuttings too.
We also have our installation, ‘LOOK! LOOK! LOOK!’ by Heather and Ivan Morison to enjoy in the centre of the walled garden. This piece has been created with the Georgian history of Berrington in mind and the history behind the Georgian’s love of ‘eye-catchers’ in their gardens.
It is because of this that ‘LOOK!’ is designed to be a contemporary pavilion. As a result we have developed a programme with a series of events being organised to take place within it throughout the summer to get people out and into the gardens, as the Georgians would have done.
With the volunteers working throughout the year there is always something happening in the gardens. We have volunteers come and help us throughout the year to ensure that the gardens are well maintained. There are about 15 garden volunteers working at Berrington.
" We do help each other out"
Our Garden Volunteer Clair Boyd said, ‘We do help each other out across the Orchard with pruning in January/February of each year. But for special projects but our last Head gardener allowed us to develop by following our interests and skills.’ The Plan follows a rotational planting each year and successional sowing, with an emphasis on Companion planting as the Trust follows organic principles. With this in mind, by the time summer comes around the gardens are bursting with life.
The development of these gardens however is all thanks to the support of our visitors. Thanks to you all of the money we raise is going towards our ‘Walled Garden and Pleasure Grounds Restoration Project’, which is a new project designed to conserve and preserve these precious gardens.
With all of this in mind, why not come along this summer to see all of the life that is happening here at Berrington?