Amazing gardens in North England and Scotland for 2018
Brenda Watkinson continues her look at what’s blossoming in the gardening world.In Scotland, the Palace of Holyroodhouse (managed by the Royal Collection Trust) is currently creating a new public garden to open in spring 2019.
Inspired by the 17th-century physic garden that was once within the Palace grounds it will feature plants that would have originally been grown there such as Birthwort, Feverfew and Scurvy Grass. Alongside will be a flowering meadow, evoking the 15th century monastic garden of Holyrood Abbey, the Palace’s first recorded garden.
North Yorkshire’s ruined medieval Carthusian monastery, Mount Grace Priory, (English Heritage) steps into the role of a fully-fledged garden destination in its own right in spring 2018, following a top level re-design led by UK award winning Garden Designer and TV presenter, Chris Beardshaw.
One of the best preserved medieval charterhouses in Europe, Mount Grace still has the remains of 15 cells where monks lived in solitude.
The garden transformation enhances the terracing and dell garden with the addition of a variety of new beds and paths. Fresh plants are being introduced and room-like sections of gardens created, to establish a horticultural Arts and Crafts link between the house and garden.
There will also be a new café added. Interpretation panels, trails, tours and activities are being put in place to encourage visitors to explore this revitalised 600-year old site.
Travelling south to Malton, Scampston Hall & Walled Garden makes a great day out or can be an ideal stop off, if time is more limited.
This contemporary Walled Garden, designed by Dutch plantsman Piet Oudolf, has gained international acclaim for the way it intertwines formal structures with perennial naturalistic planting and complements the adjacent ‘Capability’ Brown parkland.
There’s a café and plant nursery and groups can book lunch in the newly restored Victorian conservatory. Groups can choose from a variety of options including private tours of the Hall, specialist garden tours and joint packages with the nearby attractions of Jacksons Wold Garden and Birdsall House – which is only open to the public by special arrangement.
- Belmont House and Gardens
- Borde Hill Garden
- Mount Ephraim Gardens
- Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
- Savill Garden
- Sussex Prairies Gardens
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