Late Summer days out at Sheffield Park
Discover a garden that excites the senses. Late summer bring vibrant blooms filling the place with colour and perfume. Winding paths, grand trees, lakes, cascades and bridges provide a varied landscape to explore as well as quiet spots to stretch out a picnic blanket. Off the beaten track nature thrives in the 300 acres of parkland and woods that surround the garden.
Water has always been a key element of the landscape at Sheffield Park and our five lakes have become an iconic feature, which is much photographed and enjoyed by everyone who visits. Their hand-dug, clay-lined construction creates dramatic reflections of the carefully planned planting that surrounds them. Don't miss the spectacular Waterlily Festival in June and July.
Our vast collection of trees and large shrubs are planted to create vistas that enhance the feeling of scale and grandeur of the property. The garden has received a Grade I listing and contains over 60 champion trees. Each month sees a change in the garden. Below are some examples of what you might expect to find this season:
Euonymus planipes (Flat stalked spindle tree) There are several species of Euonymus to be found in the garden. This particular species produces small flowers in August which then give rise to round, bright red fruit that open out to reveal orange seeds. The leaves turn bright red in autumn. This plant is also called Euonymus sachalinensis.
Cercidiphyllum japonicum (Katsura tree) A deciduous tree from eastern Asia similar to a Judas tree. There is a group of 10 in the garden near the Gentian Beds. In late summer to early autumn the foliage turns pale yellow to smoky dark pink with the aroma of burnt sugar or caramel in favourable conditions.
Although the Waterlily Festival may be over, the waterlilies continue to look fantastic right the way through August and into September.
Identifying the waterlilies
We've put together the sheet below to share some information on the varieties of waterlilies in the lakes here, as well as a map showing you where everything is during the festival. Please note that the pontoon will only be available until 14 July.
Waterlily ID sheet (PDF / 0.3MB) download
Visit on a Tuesday or Thursday throughout the summer to join a garden tour at 11am lead by one of our volunteers. You'll learn more about the history of the garden and the people who helped to nurture and develop it to what it is today. Tours last approximately 1 hour.