The gardens at Rowallane

Hugh Armytage Moore

Whatever the season, this inspirational garden offers a range of walks to enjoy. From the walled garden to the woodland areas, wildflower meadow and rock garden there’s sure to be a hidden corner you’ve yet to explore.

Pleasure Ground

With new paths looping through the towering conifers, planted by the Reverend John Moore in 1858, you can take in views of the farmland or stop for a pause at the bandstand. Formerly a feature of the Newcastle promenade the carefully restored distinctive blue structure was donated to the National Trust in 1986.

Walled Garden

Originally built for vegetables by the Reverend John Moore, the walled garden became more focused on ornamental planting under the supervision of Hugh Armytage Moore, the nephew of John. As well as herbaceous plants, bulbs and a herb garden the walled garden also boasts a magnolia so tall when in bloom that it can be seen from the car park.
The outer walled garden features a pond, a selection of Hydrangea and a young Pocket Handkerchief Tree

Woodland Walk and Trio Hill

Carefully managed woodland on the perimeter of the lower garden is carpeted with snowdrops in early spring followed by bright bluebells. You may notice woodpiles on your walk, left purposefully to encourage wildlife and insects. Trio Hill which borders the woodland walk offers views across the lower garden from within tall mature woodland.

Rock Garden Wood

A natural rocky outcrop was transformed by Hugh Armytage Moore in 1903 following the Victorian trend for rock gardening. The jewel in Rowallane’s crown, the rock garden has been planted to shine in every season, with Drumstick Primrose in March, orchids through summer and flame tones as autumn approaches.

Spring Ground

With sweeping vistas out onto the natural landscape and a backdrop of colour offered by the mix of rhododendrons, azaleas and bulbs in spring or the warm tones of viburnums and changing foliage in autumn there is always a display on offer in this calm corner of the garden.