The Walled Garden

Visitors in the walled garden at Hare Hill

The walled garden was initially developed for vegetables and cut flowers, but became a plantsman's garden during the later years of Colonel Brocklehurst's life.

Working with renowned plantsman James Russell, Brocklehurst wanted to create a tranquil haven at the centre of his garden. Sadly he died before he could achieve his vision, and in the past few years the National Trust has worked to recreate it. New borders now line the sunny west-facing wall, and on the footprint of the old glasshouse along the south-facing wall. During the winter of 2015/16, a third border was installed along the east-facing wall, completing the final phase of the walled garden restoration. 

A June display in the white border
Hare Hill walled garden in June
A June display in the white border

The planting is predominantly white, in accordance with Charles Brocklehurst's instructions, and it provides a spectacular display from spring to autumn, peaking in midsummer. Look out for unusual varieties of iris, poppy, echinacea, lupin, phlox - and check out the bees on the white catmint!

One of the statues which represent the Brocklehurst twins at Hare Hill
metal sculpture of a horse and rider in the walled garden at Hare Hill on a sunny day
One of the statues which represent the Brocklehurst twins at Hare Hill

Charles Brocklehurst commissioned the two equestrian wire sculptures by Christopher Hobbs as a tribute to his twin brother, Patrick, who died in a riding accident. The metal pergola designed by Philip Jebb was built by the National Trust after the death of Colonel Brocklehurst.