Lamb House garden notes

Back of the house in the garden

Welcome to the Garden at Lamb House. We know very little about the history of the garden, but we know that it was cherished by both Henry James and EF Benson. We know that the produce grown by their gardener George Gammon was much prized, so we have continued to grow fruit, vegetables and cut flowers and continue to bring the garden back to life.

With winter almost behind us, spring bulbs are making their presence known adding a splash of much needed colour to the garden. With the warming temperatures everything is starting to grow again at an alarming pace in some cases!

We are currently researching the history of the garden and we will make plans for future planting once this research is completed.  We already know that the garden was cherished by both Henry James and EF Benson.  We know that the produce grown by their gardener George Gammon was much prized, so we have continued to grow fruit, vegetables and cut flowers, over the next month we will be sowing our first vegetable crops of the year, from beans to beetroots and salads to squashes. 

The vegetable garden at Lamb house in June
The vegetable garden at Lamb house in June
The vegetable garden at Lamb house in June

Over the winter we cleared the large border closest to the house.  The soil in this bed was filled with pernicious weeds and the only way to ensure that it is weed free in the coming years is to leave the bed empty.  We will continue to remove weeds as they come up and by the autumn we should be able to plant. 

Over the winter we had a few dead trees removed from the main lawn, both of which died last year of unknown causes, we aim to reseed the spaces these have left in the next few weeks.

The Wisteria on the Garden Room wall has been hard pruned and the subsequent growth has been tied in.  We won’t get many flowers this year, but next year will be glorious.

We are always looking for volunteers to help us in the garden.  We work here on a Monday and if you think you might be able to lend us your time, please speak to staff on the desk or visit www.myvolunteering.nationaltrust.org.uk/opportunity-search