With the arrival of hot summer days, we’re celebrating walled gardens! Both practical and pretty, these historic retreats help delicate plants and flowers to thrive and provide a wonderful sensory experience. Here’s our pick of the bunch to enjoy…
The Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire
Originally created in 1805, architect Samuel Wyatt designed this garden to grow fruit, veg and exotic plants year round, with the pioneering method of hollow bricks to send hot air around the gardens to create a microclimate. Today’s restored garden is beautifully maintained by volunteers who have also added a sty with rare-breed pigs, a grass maze and watering cans for younger children to get involved with the garden, too.
Charleston House & Garden, East Sussex
Set in the heart of the South Downs National Park, this is the former home of the Bloomsbury set where artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant (with designs by Roger Fry) turned veg plots and hen runs into a quintessential painters’ walled garden featuring English cottage-garden style with a Mediterranean feel. Sculpture, mosaic pavements and tile-edged pools add to the sense of the garden as a place for painting and leisure time, described by the artists as ‘a dithering blaze of flowers, butterflies and apples’.
Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk
This elegant country home appeals to families with its relaxed ambience, spacious gardens and rolling woodland landscape. A productive walled garden (pictured) provides flowers for the house with the allotments supplying fruit and veg for the local community. Hens roam and bees buzz among the colourful blooms and beehives. Take time to visit also the West Garden with its magnificent redwood trees and forest park with lake, wildlife and nature trails.
Do you have a favourite walled garden to visit? We would love to hear…
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