1 The Bothy A traditional stone-walled building, with a York stone tiled roof. The bothy style outhouse represents a working building, a creamery producing artisan craft cheeses inspired by Yorkshire Wensleydale. The bothy is surrounded by lush, cultivated perennial favourites as found in many Yorkshire Dales villages and farms. Amongst the colourful perennials of the cottage garden are herbs and small collections of popular vegetables depicting the rich value of home grown food and the perfect climate found in the dales for growing and gardening.
2 Buttercup meadows Outside the protection of the inner garden walls and stream, is a snapshot of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and the rich meadows that go towards the making of the world-famous Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese. The meadow of lush grass, with buttercups and orchids, slopes down to the babbling stream, coming off the fells, the meadows are edged in umbellifers and wild native style planting.
3 Dry Stone Walling
Dry stone walls are a dominant landscape feature of the Yorkshire Dales and together they are the largest manmade feature in the Yorkshire Dales. The walls have been built by Yorkshire Dry Stone Waller Richard Clegg and his team using walling lent to the garden by The Bolton Estate. The stone will be returned after the show and used to rebuild damaged walls around the Estate.
4 Tumbling beck
Natural waterfalls, inspired by the iconic Aysgarth falls, dissect the edge of the dales style woodland with a tumbling beck flowing down through the garden. Larch, pine, birch, oak and rowan are under-planted with mosses and ferns to create mood and give the garden and landscape a real sense of place and soul. Hidden in the trees are sculptures of a Doe and Fawn by artist Emma Stothard, made from bronze wire. Fairwater Limited have built the fast-flowing tumbling beck which runs through the garden.
5 Bridge A York stone bridge connects the Dales landscape to the cottage garden across the flowing stream. A traditional gate has been crafted by Yorkshire fabricator, Richard Duffin.
A guide to Yorkshire's magnificent gardens and information on our Gold winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden too.