Discover Wallington's secret garden in summer
It’s early summer and the garden is buzzing, quite literally, at Wallington. Unique in its position, carved into the hillside, the Walled Garden has been a firm visitor favourite for decades. Each year, this characterful garden becomes ever more enchanting and whether you’re a dedicated horticulturalist or simply appreciate a pretty flower or a quiet corner, the Walled garden is just the tonic.
A peaceful stroll through the East woods brings you to a rather unassuming gate. The beautifully named Neptune Gate provides no hint of the spectacle that lies beyond. If it’s atmosphere you’re after, then at this time of year the garden is the place to be.
The Mary Pool, a stone water feature with seating either side is the first sight to greet you. There really is something about the sound of trickling water and you could quite easily while away the hours enjoying the peace and views down the garden from here but when you’re ready to explore, there’s plenty more to see. The Lower Terrace Border has recently been rejuvenated and is full of interest with climbers that embrace the old wall and a combination of plants that please the wildlife. Move on through the garden and you’ll come across the ‘Nuttery’, home to Wallington’s beehives as well as a wonderful collection of ornamental trees.
Perhaps the jewel in the crown in this season is the Cut Flower Border, packed full of colour, texture and scent. This part of the garden supplies the House with fresh flowers through the summer months and whatever your favourite, you’re bound to find it thriving here. After enjoying the Cut Flower Border, you are spoilt for choice with a number of other areas to discover; grab a deckchair and soak up those summer rays on the lawn or perhaps head to the most well-known part of the whole garden, the Edwardian Conservatory. Step inside and be blown away by the sight and smells of a delicious combination of indoor planting.
As summer makes way for autumn, a visit to the walled garden is like visiting for the first time all over again, so be sure to soak up the stunning autumn colours on another wander through this little haven.