The North Lawn Bed Redesign

Work being carried out on the North Lawn garden beds

The North Lawn beds that curve around the North Gallery were originally designed 15 years ago to allow glimpses of the park from the Pleasure Ground. As the borders have matured there have been some losses to the original plants while others have grown to dominate the area which means that part of the intended design has been lost.

The Plan

Over the winter of 2017/8 we removed the plants surrounding the North Gallery with the aim of returning the lay out of the North Lawn beds to a design mentioned in an 1890 tithe map of the garden. The 1890 design overlaid includes one narrow bed that surrounded the North Gallery and a much wider bed that covers much of our existing border and bends around the Veteran Lime tree.

The Planting

The planting uses North American plants informed by the lists used by Capability Brown and the bills we have from the 3rd Earl of Egremont’s purchases. However we do use more modern varieties where appropriate to reflect that time has moved on.

As part of the planting we've introduced more seasonal interest within the borders to ensure there is always something for our visitors to enjoy.

The borders are now full of cover but visit us again from May 2019 once the planting has had a year to rest.