Summer in the garden

The sun is shining and our garden is in full bloom. Wander round the garden and discover the plants that the Moreton’s would have likely grown.

With summers arrival 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 around the garden and discover the plants which the Moreton’s would have likely grown. Many of these would have had medicinal and culinary uses and due to the gardens small size every one of the plants would have had some kind of use. There would have been roses for sweet desserts and lavender to stuff the mattress to ensure a restful night’s sleep.

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 long which lets lawn plants flower to provide food and shelter, 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 the soft grass where you can relax and take in the bird song around you, something the Tudors would have also indulged in to ‘quieten the mind.’ You can take shade under the Medlar tree, who’s fruit was a popular delicacy in the Moreton’s time. As you walk the garden you may notice other trees and shrubs fruiting such as currants, gooseberries, Morello cherries, apples and pears. All were important foods at the time and would be candied or preserved to keep their sweetness throughout the winter months to come.