The garden at Treasurer's House

The garden at Treasurer's with a view of York Minster

Escape the city and relax in the award winning garden next door to York Minster - free to enter on open days. Winner of the gold award for Yorkshire in Bloom for the last six years.

Just so you know...

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The history of the garden

When Frank Green bought the three houses that he used to create Treasurer's House, he also changed their gardens to the basic layout you can still see today. His basis of style was the contrast of grass, tree and old stone. When excavating for the sunken lawn, so much old masonry was found, Frank thought it must have been used as a stonemasons's yard for the Minster.

Green fingers

In the interests of protecting the environment and keeping noise to a minimum, the gardening team at Treasurer's House only use hand tools. No motor mowers or hedge trimmers are used and most garden waste is composted and recycled as fertiliser. It certainly keeps the gardener and dedicated team of volunteers busy.

Gardener Steve trimming back the climbers in the garden
Treasurer's House gardener trimming hedges
Gardener Steve trimming back the climbers in the garden

Escape the city

The garden is a tranquil oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Sit a while and listen to the sounds and songs of our nearest neighbour; York Minster. You'll spot wildlife pollinating the plants and we're very proud to have won gold in the Yorkshire in Bloom competition in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014.

What to expect

The design of the garden is intended to reflect what the former owner, Frank Green, might have planted. The colours are muted and predominantly pastel tones of whites and blues with statements of grandeur and decadence, a reflection of the decoration and collection inside. 

Planting fit for a gentleman

The borders were added in the 1930s as part of the National Trust first opening the house as a visitor attraction. There are a great variety of plants and colour lasts from February, well into October depending on the first frosts. Highlights in early spring include iris, crocus and tulips. As the season moves on look out for peonies, wisteria along the walls and delphiniums. In the height of summer agapanthus, fuchsias and asters provide colour well into the start of autumn.

A royal avenue

Alongside a great deal of house restoration, the avenue of London Planes leading to the garden door was planted by June 1900. This was in time for the royal visit by the Prince and Princess of Wales. The team pollard the trees and this leads to their distinctive shape.

Figures and statues

Frank Green added the wrought-iron gates at the same time that he laid out the garden and the statues. There was a lead statue of Mercury, sadly no longer in the garden. However a replica has been created and adapted to use as a fountain. The pink sandstone figures you see are of Vulcan, Neptune and Ceres.  

Enjoy the hidden garden and watch the wildlife at work
Ornamental pond in the foregound with lawn and historic house on the left and Minster on the right
Enjoy the hidden garden and watch the wildlife at work