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The gardens at Peckover

The summerhouse at Peckover House & Garden in springtime.
The summerhouse at Peckover House & Garden in springtime | © Louise Gardner

Tucked away behind a Georgian mansion lies a garden that tells the story of it's Victorian heyday. For over 150 years the Peckover family's love of diverse plants compelled them to nurture the outside space as a showpiece for a wide range of horticultural styles.

Garden Highlights at Peckover

Boasting a beautiful orangery, a formal lawn for enjoying a game of croquet, enchanting summerhouses and an abundance of roses, the gardens at Peckover are a true hidden gem reflecting the family's love of travelling, horticulture and gardening. The diverse range of styles showcased by the Peckover family is maintained by the gardening team to this day and makes for a unique and intriguing visit.

Entry to the gardens at Peckover is free all year round.

The Rose Garden

Roses have long since been an integral part of the gardens at Peckover. Grown over many years, the seemingly endless varieties create a stunningly beautiful display throughout June and July and some even carry-on flowering through to autumn. The Rose Garden is an immersive experience for all, with over 70 rose varieties grown as shrubs, over obelisks and as wall climbers; all creating the most incredible scent.

The Orangery

The Orangery houses three beautiful orange trees, reputed to be over 300 years old, together with a seasonal plant collection creating a stunning display.

The Orchard Lawn

Fruit trees grow on the Orchard Lawn; an area known to have been used similarly by the Peckover family who were reknowned for sending gifts of homegrown produce and letters to friends, family and business acquaintances. Today, the fruit is available to visitors, volunteers and staff.

Herbaceous borders

Several of the borders at Peckover are full of herbaceous plants with colour, scent and textures that provide a feast for all of the senses, all year round. During spring and summer, the Red Border and the Centenary border take you on a visiual journey, and come September, the Autumn border bursts into life and takes centre stage.

This year, a new display based in the stayle of a late 19th Century Gertrude Jekyll has also been planted, specifically with pollinators in mind.

a picture of the fruiting orange trees in the orangery at Peckover House.
Orange tree in the gardens at Peckover House | © National Trust Images/Mike Selby

Ask one of the gardeners

We're always happy to answer any queries, such as how to grow it or where to buy it (there may even be some on the Peckover plant trolley). We'll write the name down for you too, if you'd like us to.

Border guides

Please do feel free to use one of the free Border Guides which can be found in the summerhouses.

Ask one of the volunteers

We have volunteer gardeners on serveral open days. If they aren't able to answer your query themselves or find one of the other gardening team members, they'll take a contact number or email and then we can get back to you.

Alternatively you can take a photo of the plant and send it to Peckover House. If it is a digital image you can send it directly to Peckovers Head Gardener,  Louise Gardner.

The interior of the Propagation House at Peckover House and Garden
The Propagation House at Peckover House and Garden | © Andreas von Einsiedel
White, cream and pink Espalier pear blossom captured in early spring at Peckover House and Gardens

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