Winter opening

 View through the gate to the Apostle Garden

Lytes Cary Manor and Garden is now closed for the season until 3 March 2018. The estate is still open between dawn and dusk.

Cultivating gorgeousness

Lytes Cary Manor is a busy place to be, especially in the garden as each season brings its own interesting challenges and surprises. Although Lytes Cary is closed for the winter it does not mean the work has stopped, but rather the garden team are busier than ever. As a Grade II listed garden the Trust has a duty to care for it as if it were a similarly listed building. Imagine the turf being the carpet and the beautifully clipped hedgerows its walls. With the doors closed for the season the team are able to reinvigorate the garden and restore it to the beauty and wonder that the Jenner family envisaged.

Here are the highlights of some of the conversation work going on this winter:

  • Lifting, splitting and dividing plants within the borders
  • Dismantling the old tennis court
  • Renovating the width of the hedges to restore original sight lines
  • Planting over 5000 bulbs
  • Preparing the garden for next year’s summer floral display
  • Removing the tender plants to the glasshouses until temperatures increase
  • Taking cuttings and sowing seeds to make new additions to a beautiful garden
  • Laying 10 tonnes of our home made mulch to improve fertility
  • Using around 8 tonnes of top dress on the lawns to improve the grass
  • Planting of new trees and hedging

The National Trust is a dedicated independent conservation charity and it is our first responsibility to look after our properties funded through memberships, donations, legacies and commercial operations. Through your passionate support, we have this exciting opportunity to examine a truly amazing garden and safeguard it for future generations of visitors.