Reawakening the garden at Kedleston Hall

Project
Wildflowers in bloom at Kedleston Hall

At Kedleston there are secrets in the soil which whisper a garden long forgotten. Rose gardens, kitchen gardens, a swimming pool and pergolas have all been in this space in the past.

The original 18th century garden and features have virtually all disappeared, and we are now carrying out an exciting project to reawaken the character and distinctive features that were designed to complement the hall. We are fortunate enough to have access to old plans, plant lists, and a range of experts, all of which will help the gardens team of staff and volunteers to restore this space to it's 18th century magnificence.

The main piece of work in 2019 was to create the beds, and sow with a mix of wildflower seeds, to offer interest in the garden for insects and visitors. The seed mix included bishops weed, ammi majus, black-eyed Susan, rudbeckia hirta, larkspur, delphinium ajacis, red orache and atriplex hortensis.

In 2020 the plan is to sow annual flower seeds into the neds, and plant one bed with a mix of shrubs.

In future years we will replace wildflowers with a carefully selected mix of shrubs and plants to offer year round interest. These will be cared for by the gardens team of staff and volunteers.

The hexagonal temple (also referred to as the summerhouse) and the orangery are two buildings that exist from the original designs, however both are not in their original locations. The orangery would have been located in a south facing position to maximise sunlight, while the haxagonal temple would have also faced the south, looking out toward the parkland.  

When you visit Kedleston this year do take a look at the garden and see the changes taking place. In the loggia building and around the garden you'll find extra infromation about the project and the previous ways guests to the hall would have used the space.

We'll be posting images through the seasons on social media, and on this web page.

Latest updates

01 Oct 19

Autumn blooms

When the seed mix was sown, we were not sure just how many months there would be flowers in bloom, and the impact any severe weather conditions could have on the plants. Despite a few weeks of significant wind and rain, the flower beds have continued to bloom into October. Next month the garden team will be preparing the beds for the winter season.

Flowers bloom at Kedleston Hall

03 Sep 19

New blooms beyond the summer

Into September, and new blooms are adding a sea of yellow to the garden beds this month. Tickseed and Black-eyed Susan dominate, and there are still plenty more flowers to come.

The wildflowers bloom at Kedleston Hall

18 Jul 19

Wildflowers bringing a buzz to the garden

This month the wildflowers are attracting visitors and insects and the garden feels as though it has come to life. The range of flowers in bloom is changing weekly and there are a range of bees and insects on the flowers.

Wildflowers at Kedleston Hall