The Award Winning Gardens in Winter

Now that the House is closed for the winter season we have been busy putting the gardens to bed, with all of our gardeners hard at work. The recent cold spell has meant that a number of plants in the greenhouses have frozen and our team have had to make sure that all of our precious ferns are well wrapped up for the coming months! Despite this, the colour in the gardens has been extraordinary, with many flowers lasting well into November. The China Blush Rose at the front of the house is a wonderful example of this – there are still buds to be seen, despite the recent frost! The Giant is sleeping in the low gardens and the Dragon is hibernating for winter. We look forward to seeing them again in spring, when they will awaken just in time for the Marmalade Festival on 17th March!

We hope that visitors to the gardens this winter have enjoyed seeing the gardens, and are grateful to everyone who has left wonderful feeback. Recent guests in the Mediaeval hall tearoom will have seen further evidence of the gardener’s hard work in the beautiful Christmas decorations – holly and ivy from the garden have been used to decorate the hall in a wonderful old style, and they have made the perfect backdrop to our Christmas lunches.

The weather has been cold but beautiful, and we have enjoyed the wonderful views of the Lakes in the frost and snow. The Mansion looks glorious with a backdrop of white. Follow us on twitter where we have been tweeting lots of people’s beautiful views. @DalemainMansion

The Gardens and Tearoom will close from Monday 18th December and will re-open in mid February, when they will be bursting into life with snowdrops and aconites – hard as that is to imagine now! We look forward to welcoming you back to Dalemain.

Until then, everyone at Dalemain wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


We look forward to seeing you soon,

-The Dalemain Gardening Team

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Please visit our historic gardens 10am – 4.30pm on Sunday – Thursday, February – December 2018. There will be special Friday openings of the Gardens every Friday from May – September.

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