Discover Wallington's secret garden in summer

Wallington's walled garden

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 so relaxing 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. 

Primula candelabra alongside the pond in the walled garden
Primula candelabra alongside the pond in the walled garden
Primula candelabra alongside the pond in the walled garden

Perhaps the jewel in the crown in this season is the Cut Flower Border, packed full of colour, texture and scent. Whatever your favourite summer bloom, 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 back up to the top terrace also known as the Hot Border, where its vibrant reds, yellows and oranges are showing off magnificently. The Edwardian Conservatory, one of the most well-loved parts of the walled garden is temporarily closed while we undertake structural surveys. Sadly, this ornate garden building is now starting to look and act its age so we’re taking the first steps towards planning how to best care for it in the future. Peep through the windows for a glimpse of the celebration of colour that lies within, and we’ll be reopening the doors as soon as we can.  

As summer inevitably makes way for autumn in a few months’ time, a visit to the walled garden will be like visiting for the first time all over again. Be sure to soak up the stunning autumn colours on another wander through this hidden gem. 

Wisteria in full bloom in the walled garden
Wisteria in full bloom in the walled garden
Wisteria in full bloom in the walled garden