Relax in our glorious gardens
Indulge your senses and refresh your spirit with a gentle wander amongst the scents and Autumn colours of the rare shrubs and flowers in this lovely 5.5 acre garden.
The first formal garden was laid out by Sir Thomas Myddelton II in 1653, following contemporary French examples. The next major alterations were in 1764 when Richard Myddelton commissioned the landscape architect William Emes to remodel the gardens and parkland. Emes made substantial changes, moving fences, walls, pathways, and planting vast lawns and thousands of trees.
In the 19th century yew topiary, hedges and wrought iron gates were introduced, and then under the guidance of Lord Howard de Walden in the early twentieth century the celebrated gardener Norah Lindsay created a magnificent herbaceous border on the Upper Lawn.
The gardens were neglected during the Second World War until they were almost single-handedly revived by Lady Margaret Myddelton, creating the colourful planting scheme that our dedicated team of three full-time gardeners and garden volunteers maintain.
" When first, I did begin, to make this garden, I did undertake, A worke, I knew not when begun, what it would cost, ere it was donn, but I repent not, for ye poore, doe there finde worke; had none before."
What is there to see?
This curved border has three seasonal areas and is filled with shrubs and herbaceous plants. Lady Margaret Myddelton planted it after the Second World War as a low maintenance way to ensure seasonal colour and scents.
The hawk house was built in 1854 to an E.W. Pugin design. There used to be an 18th-century orangery on the same site. It was originally a conservatory and Lord Howard de Walden added a thatched roof, so it could house birds of prey.
The shrub garden has year-round interest. The late spring rhododendrons smell beautiful after a spring shower. An early summer highlight is the handkerchief tree with its elegant white bracts.
In the autumn you can see rich toasty colours throughout.
During his 18th century work on the parkland William Emes added several 'ha-ha' to provide unobstucted views of the sweeping parkland and fields beyond, whilst still keeping the parkland animals out of the formal spaces. There are great views from the ha-ha at the bottom of the garden.
The Rose Garden
Lady Margaret Myddelton was very fond of roses - especially scented ones. Many of her favourite varieties grow in the rose garden. Including Dearest (soft pink), Allgold (bright golden colour) and Elizabeth of Glamis (salmon pink). We have many other roses around the garden from tall climbers like Rosa ‘Madame D’Arblay with soft pink carnation-like flowers, to Rosa ‘Blanc Double de Coubert’ - a white shrubby variety.
The historic laundry behind the South Range can be accessed from the gardens. First built in 1790 it was in use up until the Second World War, and was restored an opened to the public in 2006.
Pleasure Ground Wood
The Pleasure Ground Wood, right next to the main gardens, is a formal area of woodland bisected by pathways arranged to provide easy and peaceful walking routes. In February there is an incredible display of snowdrops, followed in turn by bluebells and foxgloves.
A small Kitchen garden is slowly being developed behind the Squash Court near Home Farm, here we have a small orchard and vegetable plots with a range of vegetables in season that are sold through the retail shop.
From large shrubs to the smallest rockery plant of a few inches tall, rhododendrons give a regular display with all the colours of the rainbow. We have the larger varieties ‘arboreum’ and many hardy hybrids in the Wild Garden and Shrub Garden.
Azaleas are just a different type of rhododendron. They come in many different flower colours and habits. We have mainly deciduous types with scented flowers in whites, oranges and pinks.
You can see Japanese evergreen types on the rockery with primarily pink flowers.
Daffodils and narcissus
We have many different varieties from the tiny Narcissus Cyclamineus to the large-flowered Narcissus King Alfred. You can see them throughout the garden with the most vibrant displays in the lime avenue and long border areas.
Lady Magaret Myddelton was very fond of the iris. She liked mainly blue forms and these are prominent on the Long Border. You can see a number of varieties including Iris siberica and the small Iris innominata in the Shrub Garden, and Iris stylosa, the winter flowering species on the Long Border.
Angel’s Fishing Rods or Wand Flower are a prominent feature of the garden from July to September. The bells vary in colour from pale pink to purple and arch above grass-like foliage.
We have numerous varieties all with their broad leaves throughout the summer. To the envy of our visitors, our gritty loam tends to discourage slugs so ours remain hole free.
One of the stars of the late summer garden. They all flower for long spells in late summer and most do not require staking.
Here are the most striking varieties to look out for: A. September Charm, A. Whirlygig - double white form, A. Konigin Charlotte - semi double pink and A. Honorine Jobert - glowing single white.