Wimpole Gardens

The green framed glasshouse in the Walled Garden

Discover Wimpole's gardens and take a walk through the Pleasure Grounds along the Explorer Pathway, meandering your way to the Walled Garden surrounded by herbaceous borders and fruit trees.

Wimpole in Bloom

Discover the gardens at their best as they come alive with colour throughout the summer months. From late May right through to August, the Walled Garden showcases a vibrant floral display. From blousy peonies and our tropical glasshouse display to bright herbaceous borders, new highlights bloom week after week. Discover the new rose beds in their first bloom by the Gardeners Cottage and spot a range of wildflowers in the parkland. 

To help you keep up to date with what’s blooming at Wimpole and find the best spots in the garden, our garden team will be sharing their highlights on our new display in the visitor centre and on our social channels throughout the season. 

We’ll also be sharing the stories of our apple juice, honey and vegetable production – look out for the signs around the gardens. 

You can get involved with Wimpole in Bloom by sending us photos of your favourite blooms on the Estate, we’ll be sharing our favourites on our Visitors Flower Gallery in the Stables. Share your photos with us on social media or email them to us here

The Walled Garden at Wimpole in summer
The Walled Garden at Wimpole in summer
The Walled Garden at Wimpole in summer

Garden and landscape designers have all left their mark on Wimpole in one form or another, including some well known names such as Charles Bridgeman, Capability Brown and Humprey Repton.

The garden you see today has many layers of historical gardens, with each owner wanting to leave their mark, from the iconic South Avenue to the eighteenth century Walled Garden.

Walled Garden

This 18th-century walled garden was constructed by William Eames and features Sir John Soane’s glasshouse. This is where we nurture our young plants for the vegetable plots and plants for the formal gardens. 
 
Each year we deliver fresh seasonal produce from the garden to our restaurant. We also have a flower team who use a cutting border in the Walled Garden to use in their floral arrangements in the Hall and on the tables in our Food & Beverage outlets.
 

Parterre

Our parterre garden is a reflection of past glories in the North Park. This area of garden was lost for a century and restored in the 1990s.
 
Over the next year, our garden team will be beginning a new project to revitalise the Parterre, re-planting the geometric beds with a display of seasonally flowering perennials. This project with help us to make the Parterre, more environmentally friendly, help to combat climate change and create a year-round display. Currently the Parterre is planted twice yearly with tulips in spring and salvias in autumn. Re-planting with a range of perennials that bloom at different times of year will help us to save water, labour and the climate costs of shipping and producing new plants and top soil each year. 
 

Pleasure Ground

In the 18th-century these grounds were where the family took evening strolls and enjoyed picnics. They contained many rare, exotic and unusual plants sourced from all over the world discovered by plant hunters who were widely travelled.

Garden highlights

 

Greener gardening

For a greener way of gardening we generate tons of home-made compost, use solar panels to power machinery and harvest rainwater. We also use manure from our farm, peat-free compost and hand scythe in the orchards.