The Plantsman’s Garden

Just 2 miles from Ullswater, and in the heart of the Lakelands, it is a sheltered, 5 acre plantsman’s garden. A haven of tranquillity, it has an intriguing and unusual combination of flowers.

In the spring, the garden is spread with thousands of snow drops and aconites. These are followed by daffodils before finally the splendour of the roses appear in May. All the herbaceous plants come into their own over the summer. Then, the rich Autumn colours flood the garden with its last gasp of life. In the winter the garden becomes an ordered landscape of well dug soil, manure and the architectural shape of the yew trees and paths becomes readily apparent.

This garden has developed piecemeal over hundreds of years and with each new generation comes change, new plants and different passions. So, wander along the Georgian terrace border being sure not to miss the Silver Fir (Abies cephalonica) which is now the biggest of its type in the British Isles. Then, stroll into the Tudor knot garden, continue along the Rose Walk with over 200 old fashioned roses, at their very best in June/July when the heavenly scent is intoxicating.

The ancient apple trees in this area of the garden are named 18th/19th century varieties with nearly 30 different kinds. The fruit from these trees is used in the tearoom in several of the delicious recipes available throughout the year. At the top of the rose walk you arrive at the Gazebo still with its 18th century seating which in late summer is almost hidden by a profusion of Clematis tangutica. From here you will find the entrance into shady Lob’s Wood.

From here, return to the garden and head down the lawn to enjoy the colour themed herbaceous borders on each side, before discovering the Wild Garden with its pond and riverside walks. In late May and early June see the dazzling display of Himalayan Blue Poppies (Meconopsis dalemain).
During your visit don’t miss the children’s garden. Most of the plants in the garden have animals in their common names, such as Bear’s Breeches (Acanthus), Snapdragon (Antirrhinum) and Foxgloves (Digitalis). Each plant is enhanced for added enjoyment by the recent introduction of locally hand crafted wooden animal signs which are also available for purchase in our shop.

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