The gardens at Tyntesfield, near Bristol
Relatively unchanged since 1900, the gardens at Tyntesfield are widely varied, ranging from large open lawns and formal terraces, to a historic Orangery and working Kitchen Garden.
With seasonal planting throughout the year and numerous paths to follow, there's always something new to see.
The formal terraces
The terraces were first created in 1850s and were gradually improved by each member of the Gibbs family. Today's planting is much as it was in the early 1900s, when Tyntesfield was owned by Antony Gibbs, whose interests are currently being explored in our award-winning Passions and Possessions exhibiton.
With formal displays of spring bulbs, tender bedding plants and over 10,000 flowers during the summer months, the terrace's ornamental flowerbeds create a colourful contrast with the Victorian Gothic house above them.
The Rose Garden
Nestled in the hillside, the Rose Garden is a quiet and sheltered retreat with manicured box hedging, a covered archway and colourful planting.
In the summer months, the distinctive archway of Tyntesfield's Rose Garden bursts into life and the boxed beds are a patchwork of different textures and colours. Take a break in one of the Victorian gazebos and enjoy the views across the estate.
The Rose Garden's twin gazebos were in a state of disrepair when the National Trust first began caring for Tyntesfield in 2002, and many of the Victorian tiles were missing or broken. Now, thanks to careful restoration work from specialist conservators, the gazebos have been returned to their former glory and can be enjoyed once more.
Paradise, as it was named by the Gibbs family, is an arboretum with a collection of specimen trees brought from all over the world to grow at Tyntesfield.
As well as a number of unusual and international trees, Tyntesfield is also home to many Champion Trees. Champion Trees are significant due to their height, age, girth or another remarkable quality. Tyntesfield contains over forty Somerset county champions, five of which are Great Britain and Ireland champions.
You can find out more about the significant trees at Tyntesfield by picking up a tree leaflet at the Ticket Office, or by joining a seasonal guided tree walk. For more information on upcoming tree walks, please visit our events page.
The Kitchen Garden has been providing fruit and vegetables for the Tyntesfield estate since the 1860s. Today, the majority of the produce is used in the Cow Barn restaurant, with the rest available to take home, for a donation, from our produce table.
Why not peek into the working buildings surrounding the Walled Garden - the potting shed, tool shed and apple store - which are still used for their original purpose? Or the Victorian glasshouses that are full of seasonal plants throughout the year.
The Orangery and cut-flower garden
When the National Trust first began caring for Tyntesfield in 2002, the Orangery was virtually derelict with several stone columns missing and serious damage to the roof. Today, thanks to careful restoration work by professional conservators and Architectural Stone Conservation students from City of Bath College, the Orangery has been returned to its former glory.
In front of the Orangery are the bright and colourful beds of the cut-flower garden, which would have been enjoyed by the Gibbs family and their guests from the 1890s. Today, the flowers are used by Tyntesfield's volunteers to create the flower arrangements in the house.
Caring for Tyntesfield's gardens
It takes a lot of work to care for Tyntesfield's gardens and our team of gardeners, rangers and volunteers are constantly working to maintain the diversity of the Victorian grounds.
Thanks to a generous donation from SC Johnson, this year we are beginning a five year project to conserve one of the largest collections of ancient and veteran trees in the South West. The trees are located at a number of National Trust sites across Bristol; Leigh Woods, Tyntesfield, Shirehamption Park, Failand and Clevedon Court. You can find out more about the project here: