Tour the gardens at Berrington Hall
The walled garden contains an orchard, flower borders and an extensive vegetable patch. It is surrounded by the original Edwardian garden to the south; with the woodland garden to the north-east and the original laundry drying area to the west.
The walled garden was originally the kitchen garden for the household, but like many others fell out of use during the Second World War. Today, there is still a large vegetable plot which supplies the tea-room as well as flower borders and an area of apple orchard.
The walled garden at Berrington is also hugely significant. It is a rare set-piece by 'Capability' Brown; 'England's greatest gardener' and prolific eighteenth-century landscape architect. 'LOOK!LOOK!LOOK!', a contemporary sculptural pavilion designed by artists Heather and Ivan Morison, now takes pride of place in the centre of Brown's final completed masterpiece.
'LOOK!LOOK!LOOK!' is a contemporary take on the Georgian 'eye-catcher' or garden building and encourages you to view your surroundings in a different light. Heather and Ivan Morison were inspired by Berrington's eighteenth-century history, both in the gardens and inside the mansion. The launch of the pavilion initiates our fundraising project to restore the walled garden back to its Georgian origins.
The Pleasure Grounds
The Pleasure Grounds that surround the mansion were all part of 'Capability' Brown's designs. Intended to be used for social strolls, tea-parties and a place to relax in, we try and maintain this as their purpose. In the warmer months you can play a game of croquet or cricket on the front lawn, or you can take in the surrounding Herefordshire countryside as you enjoy a picnic.
It's great to see our visitors enjoying the Pleasure Grounds throughout the year, and using them in the way which Brown intended. We are trying to restore these Pleasure Grounds to their original design as we embark on our 'Walled Garden and Pleasure Ground Restoration Project'. Why not learn more about this critical project in the article below and see if you can help?
Herefordshire is famous for orchards, so the National Trust replanted pre-20th-century varieties of apples which have fallen out of cultivation. Some of these varieties are not only of historical interest but are also a source of future plant breeding materials.
The Edwardian garden
All that is left of the Edwardian gardens are the fountain and the avenue of golden yews, clipped into balls. The 3rd Lord Cawley planted many of the flowering trees and shrubs in this area and along the drive.
Amongst the old woodland to the north east of the house is a large collection of Azaleas and Rhodendrons, some hybridised by the 3rd Lord which are seen at their best in May.