Lose yourself in the garden

Though we aren't there to see it, the flowers are in bloom, the bees are buzzing and butterflies are fluttering from petal to petal. When the gates open once again, we are certain we will appreciate this beautiful haven more than ever.

Flood damage to the Garden

During the heavy rainfall on Wednesday 31 July the gardens at Lyme were badly affected by flooding. Since then, National Trust staff and volunteers as well as external contractors have been working hard to repair the damage, where paths, fences and planting have been washed away. However, we regret that while paths are still being fixed, some areas of the garden are not currently accessible to visitors.

See the changing seasons in our garden

The garden in Winter

With frosty mornings and a windswept moorland backdrop, the views of Lyme from the garden terrace are dramatic and ever changing during the colder months. Meanwhile, the Orangery is a year-round indoor oasis of tropical planting. Throughout winter, the gardening team will be hard at work with path repairs and other conservation works. The Orangery will be closed Monday 6-Friday 10 January while we carry out repairs to the roof.

In January and February, keep an eye out for the first winter iris and snowdrops starting to peek through.


In the spring, the garden team will be embarking on a big project renovate the herbaceous border. This will restore the border back to the design created by Graham Stuart Thomas for the garden in the 1960s, not long after Lyme came into the National Trust’s care. Graham Stuart Thomas was an advisor to the National Trust for many years and his influence can be seen in gardens across the country.

You may also see some strange machinery around the stream in Killtime as our team start clearing out the silt traps. The waterways at Lyme are fed by water coming off the moors which is often thick with silt, and could fill up our lakes and ponds with thick mud if not removed!

Our Nursery plot will also hold its first open day in March. These continue monthly until October, and give visitors the opportunity to see where we grow plants and produce for the garden, house, café and tea rooms. There will also be plants grown in the nursery for sale at these events.

Lyme is the second highest garden in the National Trust, so spring bulbs often flower later than other properties. April is a great time for a stroll through the formal beds, as well as the rhododendron walk where a multi-coloured wave of blooms will be starting to appear.


In summer the garden is at its brightest, with flowering plants throughout. There will be some new additions in the rose garden - several beds of roses have been removed to improve the soil, and other summery blooms will be taking their place for 2020, while we add lots of compost and manure to build up the earthworm and soil microorganism population.

In May and June, look out for a wave of blues and purples across the lake - this is from 5000 Camassia esculenta bulbs which were planted in the autumn.

The perennials planted in the Italian garden will be in full flower. This area was made inaccessible to the public after the floods in July 2019 severely damaged the paths, and we look forward to welcoming visitors back into this area.


The trees in Lyme's gardens really come into their own once autumn sets in. The Vicary Gibbs area contains several exotic trees brought to Lyme by famed horticulturist Vicary Gibbs in the early 1900s. Look out for fiery reds from the cornus kousa, or dogwood tree, as well as the flowering cherry. Close to the Italian garden, the leaves of the spindle trees will start to turn a distinctive shade of pink as the season progresses

Dogs in the Garden

Dogs on leads are welcome in garden every day between 4 November and 14 February. After 14 February, our Dogs in Garden days continue every Wednesday and second weekend of the month.

Visitors walk dogs in the garden at Lyme

Four-legged fun in the garden 

Even dogs love a stroll by the lake. Dogs are welcome on the second full weekend of each month and every Wednesday.

Group bookings

If you would like to bring a group to visit Lyme, please find more information here or contact the estate office on 01663 762023 or lyme@nationaltrust.org.uk.