Here at Dalemain, we like to constantly bring something new to our historic Gardens. As such, Jane Hasell-McCosh has been busy creating the new Shell Garden, which sits between the Terrace and the Elizabethan Knot Garden. The shells take the place of the red poppies in the Spiral Garden which were planted to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, which mirrored well with the WWI exhibition that can still be seen in the House.

Jane Hasell-McCosh used a huge 150kg of shells and laid each of them by hand, ready for the enjoyment of our visitors. If you see the Shell Garden on a rainy day, you will see the scallops change colour as well! The white of the shells transforms into a golden path of shells, making them look absolutely extraordinary.

We are holding extra garden openings on Fridays from May – September, so there is even more of an opportunity for visitors to see the Shell Garden, as well as our famous Meconopsis Dalemain Blue Poppies while they are still in bloom. The Rose Walk is home to over 200 varieties of old-fashioned roses, which are still in flower and smell divine, especially in the warmer weather.

For more details about the Gardens and to see what’s in flower, please click here. If you are interested in taking a guided tour of our Gardens, please email Florence at, or call us on 017684 86450.