Summer in the garden

Front lawn view at Little Moreton Hall

With the arrival of summer, there is plenty to excite the senses in the garden at Little Moreton Hall. With a fine selection of native flowers as well as early introductions from the continent, you can wander the garden surrounded by plants the Moreton’s were likely to have grown.

The wildlife is busy at this time of year and you can expect to see ducks and moorhens with their young, swallows swooping across the lawn catching flying insects and plenty of bees making the most of our flowers.

We try to encourage these beneficial animals and insects into the garden so you may notice we leave some areas of grass slightly longer.  This lets lawn plants flower to provide food and shelter and you may even spot a nest or two if you’re lucky.

We have many places to sit down and take it in, from benches to soft grass where you can relax and listen to the bird song around you, something the Tudors would have also indulged in to ‘quieten the mind’. As you walk around the garden, you may notice trees and shrubs fruiting such as currants, gooseberries, Morello cherries, apples, pears and Medlar.  Medlar fruit was a popular delicacy in the Moreton’s time but all these fruits were important and would be candied or preserved to keep their sweetness throughout the winter months to come.