Spring in the gardens

Pink tulips in Hughenden's garden

Spring is the perfect time to explore Hughenden's Italianate inspired gardens. The Disraeli's spent hours enjoying their beautiful garden either strolling the pleasure grounds or enjoying the evening sun from the parterre.

Hughenden's gardens are starting to show the first signs of spring as snowdrops, daffodils, primroses and winter aconites all come through. 

Formal gardens

Explore the formal gardens of Mary Anne, Benjamin Disraeli’s wife.
Mary Anne created a domestic Victorian garden based on 16th-century Italianate gardening style incorporating terraces, lawns and a parterre. Her designs for planting on the south lawn are still reflected in the schemes designed by our current gardener.

The bedding scheme on the parterre is changed every May and October.

Hughenden pansies

The formal garden at Hughenden

Mary Anne left diaries about her management of Hughenden. As well as the management of the Disraeli household she left notes about the garden design and even helped in achieving the effect she planned. As with her appearance and home, she adored to include vibrant colours.

Walled garden

Journey into the Walled Garden, lovingly recreated by volunteers as an educational space for growing produce. Our child friendly Walled Garden has watering cans, wheelbarrows and digging areas so you become a little gardener too.

A bench in Hughenden's walled garden

The walled garden at Hughenden

Hughenden's walled garden is a great place to discover how our food gets from plot to plate.

Pleasure grounds

For a peaceful stroll visit Hughendens pleasure grounds and admire the  inspiring views across the 18th century parkland and chalk stream. Created in the wilderness gardening style it is a chance to get lost in your own thoughts amongst the trees and shrubs.

View from Pleasure gardens towards Church

The pleasure gardens at Hughenden

Experience the less formal pleasure garden loved by Disraeli for its trees and vista.