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Things to see and do in the garden at Wallington

The Mary Pool ornamental pond in Wallington's Walled Garden
The Mary Pool in Wallington's Walled Garden | © James Dobson

The garden at Wallington offers year-round colour with something to see and enjoy in every season. Take a stroll through the woods, taking in the newly planted East drive woodland garden, spot the tree sculptures and fairy doors in the East woods and then make your way to the secluded walled garden where you can pause to hear the trickling water from the Mary Pool and sit back and enjoy the blooms and wildlife in this tranquil space.

The extensive gardens at Wallington are full of the most fabulous plants from ancient beech trees in the East Wood to zingy annuals in the Walled Garden.

Walk through the gardens to see colourful planting, hear the gentle hum of insects foraging and surround sound bird song, smell the gorgeous perfumes and feel the tide of relaxation wash over you.

Throughout the gardens you will find waterways and ponds, woods and shrubberys, intricate borders and expanses of wild planting, intimate corners to sit and interesting nooks to explore. As the seasons change so does the garden - mellow and tranquil with pastel pretty plantings in the spring and early summer; vibrant hot spots of colourful borders in high summer; blustery autumnal hues; sharp cold with clean edges in the newly cut hedges. Every day brings a wonderful change.

The Walled Garden

Take a peaceful stroll through the East Wood and you’ll reach the unassuming Neptune Gate, which leads into the spectacular Walled Garden beyond.

The Walled Garden was the original kitchen garden for the estate and was converted to an ornamental garden last century. The gardeners are always beavering away, adding new plants or redesigning borders, but the overall feeling in the garden is of settled permanence - you can have a few moments of peace and calm and truly get away from our tumultuous everyday world.

It’s about 1/2 a mile away from the Car Park & House through the East Wood but it can feel like you are miles away from everywhere. The 4.5 acres are planted with ornamental trees and shrubs, with themed borders throughout. ‘Walled Garden’ conjures an image of a square flat space with neat rows of plants - but behind the quaint oak doors Wallington is no typical Walled Garden - it’s a bewitching space where it’s hard to see where the walled garden ends, nothing is straight, the edges can’t be seen and the lambs in the field beyond are higher than you in the garden - looking as if they can jump right in! There is no right route through the gardens - you just need to take time explore and enjoy

Walled Garden must-sees

The Mary Pool, a stone water feature with seating either side, is the first sight to greet you. Rest for a moment to listen to the sound of the trickling water and take in the views of the garden before heading to the lower terrace border. Recently rejuvenated, its climbers embrace the old wall and a range of plants draw a variety of wildlife such as butterflies and bees.

Follow the twists and turns of the paths further into the garden and you’ll arrive at the secluded Nuttery, home to Wallington’s beehives, as well as a collection of ornamental trees.

The newly opened Garden of Imagination is a place to sit and reflect, with a beautifully designed planting scheme and giant storytelling chair.

At the bottom of the garden is the lower lawn and pond, perfect for picnics and quiet moments. It's easy to imagine the historical family taking tea here; a picture perfect period drama location if ever there was one.

What's on in the Walled Garden

Garden walks and talks

Every Tuesday in June and selected dates in July at 12.30pm, join the gardeners for a walk and talk. Hear more about the beautiful gardens at Wallington on an informal walk and talk with members of the garden team. Meet in the Walled Garden.

Tunes in the Blooms

Every Sunday in June from, 12-3pm. Pack a picnic, roll out a blanket and kick back and relax to the sounds of live music in the Walled Garden. There's a wide variety of music on offer during the month including jazz, folk, acoustic guitar and a community band. And when the music stops, enjoy the beautiful blooms of the Walled Garden at this special time of year.

Both events are free. Normal admission charges apply.

The Lower Terrace in Wallington's Walled Garden
The Lower Terrace in Wallington's Walled Garden | © James Dobson

The Edwardian Conservatory

Originally created as a covered winter garden, this exceptionally beautiful and popular part of the garden is currently closed. Following recent structural surveys, we're working on what the future of this building will be. Keep an eye out for updates and thank you for your patience.

Nature in the Walled Garden

The Walled Garden is home to a wide variety of wildlife. In 2022, a number of rehabilitated hedgehogs were released into the garden having recovered from illness and injury and we're pleased to say that the garden team frequently find evidence of them around and about.

Many species of birds, butterflies and bees can be found here too. Take a seat on one of the many benches dotted around this space and see how many different creatures you can spot. Do let us know what you see.

You might even spot Olive, the Wallington puss cat and number one rodent catcher, as she wanders around her 'patch'.

River Walk artwork

From the Walled Garden you can set off on the peaceful River walk. As part of the National Trust's programme of Contemporary Art, Wallington welcomed artists INSTAR to create a sculptural work, which is located on the River Walk.

The piece was developed in response to the surrounding habitat, resident wildlife and the threats and challenges faced by the natural world. It was unveiled in March 2022 and will be in situ until 2024.

Make sure to visit this engaging addition to the River Walk, located next to Trout Bridge.

A corner view of Wallington showing the south front and side of the house

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