The Gardens at Felbrigg

Visitors looking around the Walled Garden at Felbrigg Hall

The gardens at Felbrigg are a joy, with visitors coming back seasonally to see what has changed. Discover Felbrigg's widely renowned Walled Garden, as well as the West Garden, home to our orangery, built in the 18th century.

The Walled Garden
The walled garden at Felbrigg
Dovecot at Felbrigg seen through the arch
The walled garden at Felbrigg

Get up close to the double borders and herb beds and really breathe in the scent of lavender, sage and mint. You can find a good many modern surprises within this traditionally laid out garden, including one of the few octagonal working dovecotes in the country, dating back to the early 1750s. 

Old variety plants

We have some lovely old figs trained against the south facing wall of the herb border in the walled garden, thought to have been relocated to its present position around 1750. A quote in the “Eastern Arboretum,” from James Grigor, published in 1847, mentions that the figs were about 100 years old at the time, making the figs the only original remaining plants from the garden of that period.

Unusual plants

Planted around 1860 is our extra special Umbellularia Californica, also known as the “Headache Tree” or “Balm of Heaven,” a very rare species in the UK.

One of our gardeners enjoys the scent released by mowing through the leaves. However, following a debate amongst our gardeners, as to whether the "headache" side-effect was a myth, another gardener broke off a handful of leaves, crushed them and inhaled deeply – it ruined his day! Delightful or dreadful, come and make your own decision.

The Kitchen Garden at Felbrigg

The Kitchen Garden at Felbrigg – getting started 

Felbrigg's Head Gardener shares her top tips for spring in the vegetable garden. Read how she makes best use of even the smallest spaces.

The West Garden
Take a walk through the peaceful West Garden
The West Garden at Felbrigg Hall
Take a walk through the peaceful West Garden

Although not as well-known as the Walled Garden, the West Garden, which surrounds the house at Felbrigg is a joy to the senses, particularly in spring. Edged with a ha-ha, you can follow the gravel paths through the garden, amongst the trees and shrubs.

The orangery at Felbrigg

The Orangery

The Orangery was built in 1704 and was designed to harmonise with the west wing of the house. In the 19th-century the building was given a glass roof which, by 1958, had fallen in and was replaced by the one you see today. The Orangery now houses a collection of camellias, some of considerable size and age.

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