Gardens of Yorkshire
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Inside Discover the Yorkshire garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
Yorkshire in full bloom Yorkshire is well known for its stunning natural landscapes and is home to some of the finest and most iconic gardens in the UK. Every year, we showcase our magnificent county to the world at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show by creating a genuine slice of Yorkshire. This year’s Welcome to Yorkshire Garden has been inspired by our proud industrial heritage and stunning natural environment and includes a canal, towpath and authentic lock gates - we hope it will encourage people to come and see the beauty of our county first-hand.
We’re so proud to have such a wonderful selection of gardens across all four corners of Yorkshire and have created this guide to provide inspiration for all ages. It includes information about many of our magnificent gardens waiting to be discovered across the county, top tips from Yorkshire gardeners, as well as a wide variety of activities and events.
Front cover images clockwise from top left: Ripley Castle Gardens. RHS Garden Harlow Carr. Burton Agnes and Gardens. Studley Royal Water Garden © Chris Lacey/National Trust. Temple of Fame at Fountains Abbey © National Trust. Newby Hall. The South Lawn at Castle Howard © Andy Bulmer / NYMNPA. Images above clockwise from top left: The fountains at Castle Howard. Strolling through the gardens at Newby Hall. Sewerby Hall and Gardens. RHS Garden Harlow Carr.
A slice of Yorkshire
The 2019 Welcome to Yorkshire Garden has been designed by Mark Gregory. Welcome to Yorkshire is marking its 10th birthday and 10th year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a garden which will capture the beauty of the county’s canals and celebrate the drama of Yorkshire’s rich industrial heritage.
Whether you explore them via tow paths on foot and two wheels or on a canal boat holiday or short break, canals are a great way to discover the county’s landscapes and history. Life of luxury. Lady Teal, the only five star hotel boat in England, is purpose built and provides a boutique hotel experience cruising Yorkshire’s waterways. Complete with ensuite facilities and flushing toilets.
Cruise the canals.
“I’m honoured to have been asked to create Welcome to Yorkshire’s 10th garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. My design will try to capture the magic of the narrow canals, a stunning legacy of the Industrial Revolution, which are now a massive part of tourism in Yorkshire after being carefully and lovingly renovated to create a unique eco system and valuable leisure resource. The garden will have all the drama and excitement of a working canal, with two gates and a bypass sluice system with lots of moving water. It will feature authentic Yorkshire stonework and trees local to the county with a modern style perennial meadow bordering the canal towpath. Chelsea 2018 was all about the detail and my ambition for 2019 is to raise the bar yet again.” 04
Take control of your own well-appointed narrow boat. Shire Cruisers in Sowerby Bridge are all Quality Assured to make sure they are as good as you expect. A&G Passenger Cruisers offer a wide variety of boat trips on the historic Sheffield and Tinsley Canal. The trip starts in the recently regenerated Victoria Quays basin and travels out through Sheffield’s steel history.
Skipton boat trips. From the wharf in the heart of Skipton you could go east towards the world famous Five-Rise Locks at Bingley (10 miles away) or west towards the heart of the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales.
Bingley Five-Rise Locks
Hard hats at the ready! Standedge Tunnel is Britain’s longest, deepest and highest canal tunnel, hidden deep beneath the beautiful Pennine countryside. One of the seven wonders of our waterways, this mustsee attraction is located in Marsden, a charming Yorkshire village. Step on board for a 30-minute boat trip through the 200-year-old tunnel where you will hear all of the secrets and fascinating tales.
Bingley Five-Rise is a set of staircase locks where the lock chambers are joined together rather than being separated by pounds or pools of water. Situated about half a mile north of Bingley Railway Station, Bingley Five-Rise Locks staircase is the steepest lock staircase in Britain and the most spectacular feature of the Leeds and Liverpool canal. It has total rise of 60 feet with stunning views from the top!
Yorkshire’s waterways play host to a whole range of events throughout the year. Annual festivals include the Waterway Festival in the pretty market town of Skipton in May and the Rushbearing Festival in Sowerby Bridge, near Halifax. Skipton’s annual Waterway Festival takes place around Skipton and on the Canal Basin. Dozens of narrowboats and other craft will line the Basin and the surrounding towpaths.
Our garden The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden is inspired by the county’s proud history of industry, manufacturing and innovation, as well as its stunning natural environment. Reminiscent of the urban regeneration that has taken place along many of Yorkshire’s canals, the garden consists of a towpath running next to a perennial meadow that borders a pair of narrow canal lock gates and a lock keeper’s lodge with private garden and vegetable patch. This slice of Yorkshire focuses on the beauty of the natural and the cultivated, it celebrates the area’s industrial heritage and champions the rich diversity of native flora alongside cultivated varieties. 06
1 Lock gates The Canal and Rivers Trust have helped make sure the garden brings to life a totally authentic Yorkshire experience by providing two pairs of old lock gates from the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, which form the focal point of the garden. People from across the Trust, including volunteer lock keepers, heritage experts, and apprentice carpenters have supported the garden by sharing their knowledge, lending artefacts, and getting hands-on to help build some of the features.
2 Lock keepers office A traditional stone-walled building, which has been built from reclaimed York sandstone, with stone tiled roof. The building represents a lock keepers office which contains all the local lock keeper would need to maintain this section of canal. Inside you will find a specially painted coat rail and milk churn by canal artist, Melanie Clare.
3 The canal The garden has all the drama and excitement of a working canal, with two pairs of gates and a bypass sluice system with lots of moving water. The system has been designed by Fairwater Limited and requires eleven high power pumps to move 35,000L of water in the canal. Tucked along the canal are sculptures of a family of water voles by artist Emma Stothard, made from bronze wire.
4 Dry stone walling Dry stone walls are a dominant feature of the Yorkshire landscape. The walls in the garden and much of the other specialist stone work has been built by Yorkshire Dry Stone Waller Richard Clegg and his team. Richard has also helped source the reclaimed stone from West Yorkshire.
5 Planting Pollarded Willow trees offer structure at the lower end of the canal, while Hawthorn shrubs and hedge form the boundary and provide structure at the higher lock level. The cultivated garden and vegetable patch contrast with the naturalistic planting on the opposite side of the canal and along the waterâ€™s edge which is pertinent to the region and conditions found there. The stunning acer campestre at the front of the garden is over 40 years old and stands at an impressive eight meters tall.
Yorkshire’s Waterways Relax, take a deep breath and a closer look at the mesmerising canals and rivers of Yorkshire that offer a simple, peaceful retreat from the hectic pace of everyday life. Over 300 miles of historic canals and rivers in Yorkshire are cared for by waterways and wellbeing charity Canal & River Trust. Our waterways are green and blue corridors, that connect major urban cities with rural tranquility. Ready to explore by boat, bike, foot or canoe, they help to bring people together and create unforgettable experiences.
Two-wheels by the water
Being outdoors and close to water can help you to relax, get closer to nature and be happier! Recent independent research published by the Canal & River Trust shows that simply spending time by water can lift your spirits and improve your life satisfaction. So, whether you’re a boater, a holiday-maker or a towpath commuter - enjoying a vehicle-free route to work - we believe life is better on and by water.
Cast off and relax
Experiences to unite and excite From waterside pubs and welcoming cafés to narrowboat rides, wildlife trails, bat walks, heritage talks and canal festivals our waterways host a vast range of events and activities that help to bring family and friends together. We also commission an exciting programme of performances and events on and by water through Arts on the Waterways.
Cycling along some of the county’s most stunning waterside scenery is a great outdoor activity that the whole family can enjoy. Towpaths provide level, traffic-free cycle routes that you can enjoy whatever your age or cycling ability.
Yorkshire’s canals and rivers teem with a rich diversity of fish, ensuring a good day’s fishing each day. A permit is required to fish on the waterways. You can obtain this from your local angling club or from Canal & River Trust.
Walk the walk From a 10-minute stroll to a vigorous all-day hike, our towpaths offer a traffic-free route that can help you unwind with relaxing views of the water. Aside from lock flights, your path is level and there’s little chance of getting lost! The scenery takes some beating - with wildlife, architecture, countryside, narrowboats, community gardens and some impressive historic features to spot along the way. Try a guided walk to discover new places on your doorstep and make friends on the way.
Make a splash Canoeing and paddle boarding are becoming increasingly popular ways to explore our waterways. Enjoy a totally new perspective while improving your fitness and getting closer to nature. Try out the UK’s first coast-to-coast canoe trail, the Desmond Family Canoe Trail. Travelling the 162-mile trail from Liverpool to Goole along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and Aire & Calder Navigation is a fantastic way to experience the Yorkshire landscape.
Unlock your potential Caring for canals and rivers, maintaining heritage buildings and locks, improving wildlife habitats and ensuring towpaths are open for everyone, for free, is challenging work. As a charity the Canal & River Trust rely on thousands of volunteers to support our year-round work. Become an iconic lock-keeper, join a local towpath taskforce, create a colourful community garden, help children learn about water safety, or support events and festivals. Help us by visiting, donating or volunteering. Explore Yorkshire’s historic waterways and experience the happiness and wellbeing benefits on offer. To find out more go to canalrivertrust.org.uk/local-to-you
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Plants supplied by Hortus Loci. Specialist Plants and Vegetables supplied by Jon Wheatley and Terry Porter.
Lupinus ‘Gallery Blue’
Yellow flag iris is a vigorous water iris, typically found growing at the edges of large, sunny ponds. It bears large clumps of green leaves from which elegant, yellow flowers appear in late-spring.
Royal fern, is a species of deciduous fern, native to Europe, Africa and Asia, growing in woodland bogs and on the banks of streams. The species is sometimes known as flowering fern.
A vivid blue, with tall, bold flowers that will naturalise in grass and is even happy in moist ground. Ideal for naturalising in a flower studded meadow and lovely for picking.
(Cultivated version of the Wild lupin) A rare and unusual lupin with pea-like flowers combining an upper standard with lower petals fused into a keel. The keel part of the flower is a smokey blue-purple.
Digitalis purpurea Foxglove, common foxglove, purple foxglove or lady’s glove is a species of flowering plant in the plantain family Plantaginaceae, native to and widespread throughout most of temperate Europe.
An herbaceous, biennial forb. First year plants are basal rosettes which bolt and flower in the second year. Plants can be easily recognized by a garlic odor that is present when any part of the plant is crushed.
Trees Waters Edge Anthriscus sylvestris Caltha palustris Deschampsia flexuosa Iris pseudacorus Juncus effusus Nymphaea alba Osmunda regalis Papaver rhoeas Petasites hybridus Rubus fruticosus Silene dioica Typha angustifolia Typha gracilis Urtica dioica
Hedging Perennial Meadow Anthriscus sylvestris Camassia spp. Daucus carota
Deschampsia flexuosa Geranium pratense Lupinus perennis Primula elatior Verbascum ‘Gainsborough’
Hedging Cultivated Garden Alchemilla mollis Alchemilla erythropoda Allium schoenoprasum Angelica archangelica Aquilegia ‘Blue Barlow’ Artemisia absinthium Carex divulsa Euphorbia ‘Fens Ruby’ Euphorbia x martini Euphorbia ‘Wallichii’ Festuca ‘Amethystina’ Foeniculum vulgare ‘Giant Bronze’ Geranium ‘White Ness’
Rhizomatous deciduous ferns, sometimes with stolons, forming shuttlecock-like rosettes of erect or spreading, pinnately divided fronds, with smaller, erect, bead-like fertile fronds.
Geum ‘Lemon Drops’ Hydrangea petiolaris Iris ‘Tropic Night’ Lupinus ‘Gallery Blue’ Lupinus ‘Chandelier’ Lychnis ‘Gardeners World’ Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ Orlaya grandiflora Rosa spp. Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurascens’ Trollius x cultorum ‘Cheddar’
Edge of woodland Alliaria petiolata Anthriscus sylvestris Asplenium scolopendrium Deschampsia flexuosa Digitalis purpurea
A medium-sized deciduous tree with a compact bushy crown. Leaves with five blunt lobes, turning yellow or red in the autumn. Flowers are small, green, forming typical winged maple fruits.
Dryopteris filix-mas Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae Fragia vesca Galium odoratum Geranium robertianum ‘Album’ Luzula campestris Luzula nivea Luzula sylvatica Matteuccia struthiopteris Petasites hybridus Plantago lanceolata Plantago major Polypodium vulgare Rubus fruticosus Silene dioica Stachys palustris Symphytum uplandicum ‘Moorland Heather’ Trifolium pratnese Urtica dioica
Paths, paving and crack fillers Alchemilla erythropoda Asplenium scolopendrium Asplenium trichomanes Blechnum penna-marina Erigeron kavinskianus Galium odoratum Plantago lanceolata Viola riviniana
Trees and hedges Acer campestre Alnus spp. Carpinus spp. or Fagus spp. Salix spp.
Our contributors It takes a huge effort and fantastic team to create the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden and we are incredibly grateful to all those who have played a part.
Offer a wide range of services which include Design, Construction, Civil Engineering, Property Development, Property Management, Leisure and Event Management. Caddick have kindly supplied a range of hard landscaping materials for the garden.
An award-winning company creating high quality gardens and landscapes. They offer a range of services in the fields of design, construction and planting. We are delighted to have worked with landform again this year to build the Welcome to Yorkshire garden.
Outhwaites Ropemakers of Hawes – also the Yorkshire Dales home of Wensleydale cheese - produce specialist rope and braid products, including barrier ropes, bannister ropes and dog leads. Outhwaites have kindly supplied the rope around the garden.
Makita, the foremost manufacturer of power tools in the world. With 100 years’ experience, their products are lauded the world over. Makita have kindly supplied power tools for the garden including the powerful pumps that move the water through the lock gates.
Johnsons of Whixley
Johnsons of Whixley is one of the longest established and largest commercial nursery businesses in Europe and a trusted supplier of plants and trees in the UK. They have kindly helped us transport materials from Yorkshire to the garden at Chelsea.
Established in 1993 Fairwater Limited work on both domestic and commercial sites. They offer a tailored service from technical design to full construction of both formal and informal water gardens. Fairwater have designed the water system to bring the canal to life.
Richard has a wealth of experience using new and reclaimed stone to create dry stone walls, water features and much more with an artistic and craft focussed approach. Richard and his team have built the drystone walls and much of the other specialist stone work in the garden.
Green-tech is an award-winning landscaping supplier, offering a huge range of quality landscaping materials and wholesale garden supplies with innovative products that enhance, protect and improve plants and their environment. They have kindly helped us transport materials from Yorkshire to the garden at Chelsea.
Inspired as a child by the Holderness landscapes around her home, Emma sculpts in willow and wire and now exhibits nationally and internationally. Her sculptures grace the gardens of stately homes, galleries and private homes around the country. Look out for the family of water voles along the canal and a hidden tawny owl created especially for the garden.
Working to maintain the long tradition of canal art on and around the waterways, Melanie adheres to the colours and motifs of this unique art form. Melanie has kindly prepared a milk churn, a pair of narrowboat cabin doors, a decorative panel with coat hooks which describes the Bingley Five Rise locks and some smaller items of “canalia”.
In partnership with
The Canal & Rivers Trust The Canal & Rivers Trust care for 2,000 miles of canals and rivers across England & Wales. With the belief waterways have the power to make a difference to people’s lives and that spending time by water can make us all healthier and happier. The Trust have kindly helped to source and re-purpose old lock gates and other canal materials for the garden as well as providing expertise to ensure the garden is as authentic as possible.
REDCAR SALTBURN MIDDLESBROUGH
BARNARD CASTLE BOWES
TEES NAVIGATION & BARRAGE
NORTH YORK MOORS
GRASSINGTON PATELEY BRIDGE SETTLE A65
BOLTON ABBEY A59 LEEDS & LIVERPOOL CANAL HARROGATE ILKLEY SKIPTON A658 A65 A629 OTLEY A61 KEIGHLEY SALTAIRE HAWORTH
HALIFAX MIRFIELD BROAD CANAL
AIRE & CALDER NAVIGATION
HUDDERSFIELD HUDDERSFIELD M62
HUDDERSFIELD NARROW CANAL
A61 RIPON CANAL RIPLEY KNARESBOROUGH
WAKEFIELD CALDER & HEBBLE NAVIGATION
NEW JUNCTION CANAL
GOOLE STAINFORTH & KEADBY CANAL
SOUTH YORKSHIRE NAVIGATION
ROTHERHAM PEAK M18 DISTRICT
SHEFFIELD & TINSLEY CANAL
Gardens of Yorkshire WHITBY
ROBIN HOODâ€™S BAY GOATHLAND
A614 A165 POCKLINGTON CANAL
Garden listings Motorways A Roads Heritage Coasts
1. Brodsworth Hall and Gardens
2. M ount Grace Priory, House and Gardens
3. East Riddlesden Hall
4. Yorkshire Arboretum
5. Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens and Nurseries
6. Harrogate Flower Shows
7. Nunnington Hall
9. The Hepworth Wakefield
10. RHS Garden Harlow Carr
11. York Gate Garden
12. Kiplin Hall & Gardens
13. Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park
14. Scampston Walled Garden
15. Newby Hall
16. Sewerby Hall and Gardens
17. Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens
18. Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden
19. Walkers Nurseries
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
21. Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens
22. H elmsley Walled Garden
23. Castle Howard
Brodsworth Hall was built and its pleasure gardens laid out, in the 1860s, as an up-to-date new home for the wealthy Thellusson family and their servants. It has survived with remarkably few changes until taken over by English Heritage in 1990. Spectacularly restored to their full Victorian splendour, the gardens house a collection of grand gardens in miniature, filled with colourful seasonal plantings and displays. Visitors can stroll through the statue walks, the fern dell grotto, the beautiful wild rose dell and take in romantic views of the formal gardens and pleasure grounds from the restored summerhouse. There are also period bedding plants to explore with intricate pleasure gardens and exotic plants. After exploring the Gardens, wonder through the house and soak up the history of this wonderful site. Brodsworth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire (follow brown signs) Tel: 01302 722598
ÂŠ English Heritage / Christopher Ison
Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens is the perfect place to escape from the hustle of everyday life. Explore the Arts and Crafts manor house and then step outside to enjoy and explore the stunning 13 acres of glorious, newly rejuvenated gardens. There are unique room-like spaces of terrace gardens and a dell garden, with borders redesigned by award winning gardener Chris Beardshaw. The gardens provide a year-round seasonal spectacle with bluebells in spring, the scent of eglantine roses in summer, the bright red of the Japanese Acers in autumn, and snowdrops in winter. Venturing further into the meadows you will find an orchard planted with traditional Yorkshire varieties of apple trees. Follow the mown paths across the pasture to the lake, and you may spot stoats or any number of rare birds. Staddlebridge, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL6 3JG Tel: 01609 883494
ÂŠ English Heritage / Lisa Stonehouse
Brodsworth Hall and Gardens
East Riddlesden Hall © National Trust / Andrew Butler
Hundreds of years ago this West Yorkshire manor was a thriving farming estate. Today the house tells tales of those who lived and worked here. Seasonal highlights include the scented herb border in spring, pink and blue cottage garden flowers in summer and trees laden with apples, pears and figs in autumn. Bradford Road, Riddlesden, West Yorkshire BD20 5EL Tel: 01535 607075
Yorkshire Arboretum 120 acres of parkland, lakes and ponds is the backdrop for a collection of more than 6,000 trees from around the world. Opening times 10am – 5pm every day from February 1st to 30th November with last entry at 4pm, 4.30pm at weekends from May to October. Registered charity: 1044931 Castle Howard, York, North Yorkshire YO60 7BY Tel: 01653 648598
Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens and Nurseries An organic garden where a wild flower walk leads to a pond planted for a natural effect and the more formal long herbaceous borders lead back to the house. There is an exciting modern rill garden and many of the plants in the garden are available to buy in the nurseries. Stewart Lane, Stillingfleet, York, North Yorkshire YO19 6HP Tel: 01904 728 506
Harrogate Flower Shows Harrogate Flower Shows are the UK’s most prestigious independent gardening events and the perfect day out for all garden lovers. They feature beautiful show gardens and stunning plant nursery displays, plus expect demonstrations, a cookery theatre, great garden shopping, crafts, gifts and specialist foods. Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 8NZ
Nunnington Hall © National Trust / Freya Raby
Nunnington Hall and Walled Garden sit on the banks of the river Rye, in the heart of rural North Yorkshire. In the spring, the wildflower meadows bloom with snake’s head fritillary and camassia. In summer, the croquet lawn is perfect for relaxing and picnicking, while the herbaceous borders are awash with colour. In autumn, the orchards are bountiful with organic produce showcasing an array of local varieties such as the Yorkshire beauty and dog snout. Nunnington, North Yorkshire, York YO62 5UY Tel: 01439 748283
© National Trust / John Millar
Discover a rich variety of landscapes in Nostell’s gardens. In the kitchen garden you’ll see heritage species of fruit and veg surrounded by colourful showstoppers, from the avenue of hyacinths and daffodils to a 100 metre stretch of white iceberg roses. Wind your way through the pleasure grounds to discover woodland and lakes bustling with wildlife including swans and kingfishers. Don’t miss the secluded menagerie garden to see magnolias, wisteria and acers blooming as the seasons change. near Wakefield WF4 1QE Tel: 01924 863892
The Hepworth Wakefield OPENING SUMMER 2019: THE HEPWORTH WAKEFIELD GARDEN The Hepworth Wakefield are working with acclaimed garden designer, Tom Stuart-Smith to transform the space between the David Chipperfield-designed gallery and neighbouring Victorian mills into a beautifully landscaped garden. Once complete it will be one of the UK’s largest free public gardens for all to enjoy and discover sculpture. hepworthwakefield.org/garden The Hepworth Wakefield Garden is being made possible thanks to generous funding from: Arts Council England, Garfield Weston Foundation, Wakefield Council, The Wolfson Foundation, Foyle Foundation, G&K Boyes Charitable Trust, Morrisons Foundation, Art Fund, Stuart & Trish Fletcher, Jeremy & Martine Burton and The Batchworth Trust. Gallery Walk, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 5AW Tel: 01924 247360
York Gate Garden
RHS Garden Harlow Carr Open all year, this family-friendly garden will inspire and delight all ages with its innovative design, creative planting and practical ideas to take home. Enjoy dramatic herbaceous borders, wildflower meadows, a large kitchen garden, an alpine house, woodland and streamside walks all with dramatic seasonal planting displays. Children will enjoy the natural play features in the garden including the Tree House, bird hide, chicken run and holidays packed with family activities. The garden is an inspirational backdrop for craft exhibitions, seasonal horticultural shows, summer outdoor theatre, music, cinema and winter illuminations. With Bettys CafĂŠ Tea Rooms located at the garden and a large RHS Plant Centre and Shop there is plenty to keep the whole family occupied.
York Gate is a one-acre garden tucked away behind the ancient church in Adel, on the northern outskirts of Leeds. Created by the Spencer family during the second half of the twentieth century, it is widely recognised as one of the most innovative small gardens of the period and in 2017 was voted by The Times gardening supplement as the 7th best garden to visit in the UK. The intimate Arts & Crafts style garden contains 14 distinct outdoor rooms, each with its own intricate design and character, and its well-stocked gift shop and tea room serving delicious home-made cakes make it a welcoming place to while away a few hours. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. York Gate garden was bequeathed to the charity Perennial in 1994, which supports those working in or retired from the horticulture industry, providing advice, support and financial assistance when times get tough. Back Church Lane, Adel, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS16 8DW Tel: 0113 267 8240
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB Tel: 01423 565418
Kiplin Hall & Gardens The tranquil setting of Kiplin Hall & Gardens between Northallerton and Richmond in North Yorkshire is the perfect place to take a stroll, take in the vistas, and relax come rain or shine. The grounds at the historic house museum boast bijoux formal gardens, a working kitchen garden supplying an award-winning tearoom, and 90 acres of grounds to explore with walks through woodland, parkland, and around a stunning lake.
near Scorton, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 6AT Tel: 01748 818178
© Gabrielle Laidlaw
Scampston Walled Garden GREWELTHORPE, RIPON
Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park Six unique sculptures are among the exciting new attractions at the Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park. Winner of the Yorkshire in Bloom Tourist Attractions Award 2018, the park is home to over 80 contemporary sculptures situated in 45 acres of gardens, set within a beautiful tranquil valley. Widely considered to be home to the North’s largest collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias, the park is enhanced by three lakes, an Arboretum, Pagoda, Summerhouse, Himalayan shelter, decorative bridges and scenic woodland walks.
An award-winning contemporary walled garden designed by Piet Oudolf. Within a number of contrasting garden rooms; you’ll find a glorious perennial meadow, bold topiary, and stunning grasses; making this garden a true plantsman’s paradise. Visitors can also explore the parkland at Scampston, designed by landscape architect ‘Capability’ Brown. The Regency Hall is open for guided tours in summer months. Scampston Hall, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 8NG Tel: 01944 759111
Tea Room, plant nursery, childrens woodland playground area and dogs on leads are welcome. © Val Corbett
The Hutts, Hutt Lane, Grewelthorpe, Ripon HG4 3DA Tel: 01765 658009
Newby Hall Located on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales just outside the historic City of Ripon, Newby Hall has 25 acres of award winning gardens, full of rare and beautiful plants. Newby’s famous double herbaceous border, one of the longest in Europe, leading from the house to the River Ure has been completely replanted in recent years with a stunning new colour scheme. Leading off from this beautiful border are formal compartmented gardens, such as Sylvia’s Garden, a specialist Rose Garden, Water Garden and Autumn Garden. The National Collection of CORNUS (dogwoods) is also held at Newby. There are 15 acres of tranquil woodland and historic orchard to be explored. Newby Hall is now home to one of the finest collections of Dollshouses with over 70 exhibits and Gyles Brandreth’s Teddy Bear Collection! A quality shop, licensed restaurant, plant centre and picnic area complete one of Yorkshire’s finest attractions.
© Andrew Barrett
Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 5AE Tel: 01423 322583
Sewerby Hall and Gardens Sewerby Hall and Gardens makes for a great day out. With over 50 acres of stunning gardens to explore, a zoo, adventure playground and a host of events throughout the year, it is definitely worth a visit. After an extensive restoration, the house now offers an insight into how it would have looked in the 1900s using furniture from the Victoria and Albert Museum and other important collections. Interactive areas of the house include a servant’s life, a working kitchen and the extended Amy Johnson exhibition. New trails for 2019 include a Wizard of Oz themed walk in the walled gardens and a Bill and Ben memory walk. Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Church Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington YO15 1EA Tel: 01262 673769
© National Trust / Paul Harris
© National Trust / Chris Lacey
Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens Alongside the Italian inspired hall, Beningbrough’s beautifully maintained gardens are home to luxurious borders, pristine lawns and a walled kitchen garden, which provides for the restaurant. Renowned garden designer, Andy Sturgeon has created a long term vision for the garden and exciting changes are gradually being introduced. The year starts with 300,000 spring bulbs providing carpets of colour and views to the wider parkland. Sit in the new Pergola among the planting, under wisteria growing along oak beams.
Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden
As spring turns to summer, the borders wake up with tulips, camassia and alliums. Trained roses flower across the beautiful walls and the double border conjures up the ideal cottage garden. Wander among the borders with the heady scent of philadelphus and relax on the lawns with a picnic. Colour and shapes continue with dahlias until the first frosts, and Yorkshire champion trees ensure there’s plenty to discover on a winter visit.
Deep within the Skell valley lies Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, a World Heritage Site waiting to be explored.
Beningbrough, York YO30 1DD Tel: 01904 472027
Each inch of grass, hedge and river was engineered by its designers to create angles, edges and startling views. With follies and white statues it’s all about the big reveals– catching a glimpse of the Temple of Piety or climbing up the High Ride and turning a corner to Surprise View, where the abbey ruins stand proud in the valley.
The walls of Fountains Abbey echo with centuries-old stories of wealth and drama but humble beginnings. Hear water rush past the abbey to the water garden, where the river bends and the story of this site takes another turn.
Find the park with herds of wild deer, ancient trees and plenty of walking. Visit the gothic St Mary’s Church and marvel at the view to Ripon cathedral. Fountains, Ripon HG4 3DY Tel: 01765 608888
Lotherton An impressive eight acres of beautiful Edwardian gardens designed as a series of enclosed gardens by Mrs Gwendolen Gascoigne between 1893 and 1914. The old Walled Garden was transformed into an “old-fashioned” garden filled with rose beds and herbaceous borders with scented flowers, tender creepers and perennials. © David Lindsay
Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB Tel: 0113 378 2959
Walkers Nurseries Walkers Nurseries is a family run garden centre, with over 12 acres of beautiful show gardens open all year round. The gardens now feature our 2015 Chelsea Flower Show, Gold Award Winning garden along with elements of our 2017 Gold Award Winning Walkers Wharf garden. Visit our Potting Shed Café for a delicious homemade refreshment. Mosham Road, Blaxton, Doncaster DN9 3BA Tel: 01302 770325
Helmsley Walled Garden Five tranquil acres of traditional walled garden for you to explore. Count how many different varieties there are in our Clematis Garden or find out about plants used for herbal medicine in the Physic Garden and much more. Our Plant Centre stocks many plants that grow in the Garden. Garden fully accessible, dogs welcome. Open every day from 1st April until 31st October. © Colin Dilcock
Helmsley, North Yorkshire YO62 5AH Tel: 01439 771427
Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens The award-winning walled gardens contain many thousands of plant species, herbaceous borders, potager, jungle garden, campanula collection and a maze. A giant, colour-themed knot garden encloses giant games – chess, draughts, quoits, snakes and ladders and hop scotch – great fun for children and adults alike. Burton Agnes, Driffield, East Yorkshire YO25 4NB Tel: 01262 490324
Castle Howard Castle Howard commands breathtaking views across a sweeping parkland studded with statues, temples, lakes and fountains. The grounds can be enjoyed in all weathers – from a tranquil lakeside stroll, to a walk through enchanting woodland, or quiet relaxation in the 18th century Walled Garden. Admire stunning seasonal colour, from daffodils and rhododendrons in the spring to roses in the summer. Leave enough time to visit the Garden Centre for quality plants and gifts. © Nick Howard
York, North Yorkshire YO60 7DA Tel: 01653 648333
6 Garden festivals Yorkshire plays host to some brilliant garden events throughout the year. In need of some fresh ideas for your garden? Here is a taster of some of the events on offer. For a full list of events go to yorkshire.com/events
1 March - October 2019 YORKSHIRE DALES
The Flowers of the Dales Festival Flowers of the Dales Festival brings wonderful wildflower and nature events to venues across the Yorkshire Dales. In 2019 we’re bringing you a brand new programme of events with guided walks, identification courses, art exhibitions, pond dipping, bug hunts, bat walks and much more! Wildflowers can be found all over the Yorkshire Dales - in hay meadows, ancient woodlands, heather-clad moors and amongst the limestone pavement. By helping you to discover and enjoy these wonderful wildflowers for yourself, we hope you can help us to protect them for future generations.
4 21 – 23 June 2019 RHS GARDEN HARLOW CARR
Celebrating ‘SevenTea’ Celebrating 70 years of development as a garden, Harrogate’s very own RHS Garden Harlow Carr will host a summer ‘SevenTea’ and cake party during its three-day annual flower show. Visitors will be invited to taste a variety of herbal teas and find out more about the health and wellbeing benefits of ‘taking tea’ and its role in bringing people together and a giant flower cake will be created by celebrity florist, Jonathan Moseley.
2 15 June 2019 HELMSLEY WALLED GARDEN
Summer Fête What can be better in a garden than a traditional summer fête with craft stalls and a range of activities for all the family. Try your hand at the Flowerpot challenge, the ladder game or maybe a game of croquet. And all in the beautiful setting of Helmsley Walled Garden.
5 23 June 2019 STILLINGFLEET LODGE NURSERY
Wildlife Day 3 15 – 16 June 2019 BURTON AGNES HALL & GARDENS
For the experienced gardener or the keen amateur, Burton Agnes Hall’s Gardeners’ Fair turns Burton Agnes into a gardener’s dream, offering the widest possible range of specialist nurseries with the best quality plants around - all in the grounds of this magnificent Elizabethan stately home. Burton Agnes’ gardening team will be on hand to share their knowledge and expertise, and throughout the weekend there will be specialist talks, chosen to explore a popular range of gardening topics.
Hosted every year to enthuse people about the wildlife in their gardens and provide them with practical tips on how to share even the smallest of spaces with animals, birds and insects. Find out about the wildlife in your garden with plenty of activities for children.
6 13 – 15 September 2019 23 - 26 April 2020 GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOWGROUND
Harrogate Flower Shows
There is no better place to get your garden started than the Harrogate Flower Shows. Featuring fantastic ideas for your garden, stunning plant nursery displays, live expert demonstrations and great shopping, it offers everything you need to plan and perfect your outdoor space.
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Weâ€™ve had some of Yorkshireâ€™s finest gardeners give us some expert advice that is sure to provide you with all the knowledge you need to take your garden to the next level.
The secrets of good soil
How best to use free draining soil Graham Bodle Landscape and Garden Designer, Walkers Nurseries If you have free draining soil use farmyard manure and chicken pellets to mulch plant borders in winter. This helps to retain moisture and slowly releases fertiliser for good healthy plants. Water-retaining granules can be added to increase the ability of the soil to retain water for longer periods of time. They may help reduce the demand of frequent watering during dry spells and are particularly handy in hanging baskets.
Look after your soil
Mulch your borders
Alastair Gunn - Head of Gardens and Landscapes, Castle Howard
Phil Cormie - Senior Gardener Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park
Use mulches to enrich it and to suppress weed germination. Mulches are best applied in moist, weed free conditions. There are a number of materials that can be used, including home made garden compost, though this may include weed seeds, classic well rotted manure, or leaf mold. Even fresh grass clippings can be discreetly used under established shrubs, so long as it is not piled against stems and laid only a few inches thick. A well tended, healthy soil will encourage better growth and assist in reducing plant stress and disorders.Â
Applying a layer of organic mulch has many benefits for your plants as it increases the organic matter in your borders and improves your soil health. Microorganisms present within the soil help to break down the mulch and provide organic material around the plant roots. This organic matter provides vital nutrients for the plant to help them grow strong. Mulch also helps to suppress weeds and improve the moisture retention in the soil, vitally important during our hot summers!
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To maximise your fruit harvest on apple and pear trees, August is a good time for a summer prune.
Stunning herbaceous borders Mark Jackson - Head Gardener, Newby Hall Choose plants that will grow in the natural conditions you have in your own garden. Sun-loving Mediterranean plants will not be happy in a damp shady border. As well as associating different flower colours, think of their shapes and structure. Mix heights by bringing taller, airy plants to the front. Select one or two plants which can be repeated along the border to give flow and cohesion to the planting. Give plants a hidden hand - support plants early - once they start to flop it is too late! Use birch or hazel sticks near the front for a pleasing natural effect.
Focus on the fruit Sam Shipman - Head Gardener, Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens Cut back the current year non-fruiting growth to the third bud; this is easily identified as tend to be thin, soft and growing straight, compared to the woodier, stumpier fruiting spurs. Doing this allows the tree to focus on producing fruit rather than putting its energy into ‘just’ growing – in turn you can expect more fruit. It helps to allow light in for optimal ripening of the fruit.
Nurture your border - monitor your individual plants for feeding and division, each plant is different with specific needs. Don’t overfeed as you will produce lush foliage at the expense of flowers. Remember to look after the soil, add organic matter, such as homemade compost or leaf mould, to maintain soil structure and nutrient levels.
Tasty tips Sarah Jane Mason RHS Community Development Many species of fruit grow very well in the UK climate and are worth considering. Growing vegetables from seed is cheap, very rewarding and surprisingly quick, and fresh herbs can be grown in containers or the ground.
Get the best out of your garden in summer Katherine Musgrove Garden Manager, RHS Garden Harlow Carr It’s not too late to order summer flowering bulbs such as Nerines and Hespranthas to extend your season as these late flowerers look their best in September and October. To keep lawns looking good, scarify them to remove thatch and apply regular weed and feed throughout the summer. If you want to have flowering biennials for next year such as wall flowers, foxgloves, and ornamental daisies, then get out the seed catalogues. This will get them ready as strong little plants to plant out next year for early floral displays. Keep perennials such as Knautia Geraniums and Sedums looking compact and tidy, give them the Chelsea Chop (late May/June) and go over the plants with shears - this will hold back flowering or give them a second flush of flowers.
Get the best from your hanging baskets
How to enjoy your garden in the winter
Lisa Rennison - Head Gardener, Helmsley Walled Garden
Vanessa Cook - Gardener, Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens and Nurseries
When you make up your hanging basket, balance it on a big plant pot. This makes it easier to see what you are doing when you feed in the bottom plants so that you don’t end up squashing them. Two good plants to put in hanging baskets are Bidens aurea which really fills up its space with bright yellow flowers and Centradenia Cascade with bronze foliage cascading stems of magenta flowers. Spend some time in the garden and enjoy it.
Enjoy your garden in the dark winter months by planting shrubs with scented flowers. Viburnum ‘Dawn’ (pictured) is a tall shrub with clusters of pretty pink flowers, when ever there is no frost, if you have a small garden make a space for Sarcoccoca hookeriana which is evergreen and only 90cm tall. In February it is covered with tiny white flowers and the scent permeates the garden. Place it near a doorway and it will lift your spirit every winter.
Reduce Greenfly Jill Saunders - Senior Gardener, East Riddlesden Hall Greenflies are a common pest that like to nibble their way through the garden. At East Riddlesden Hall, we like to use natural techniques in the garden and keep them at bay by encouraging predator insects such as lacewings and ladybirds. We provide habitats for our little garden friends to hibernate in during the winter months, and we plant herbs such as tansy and fennel to naturally attract them too. Image © National Trust / Andrew Butler
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Yorkshire is well known for its stunning natural landscapes and is home to some of the finest and most iconic gardens in the UK.
Published on May 22, 2019
Yorkshire is well known for its stunning natural landscapes and is home to some of the finest and most iconic gardens in the UK.