English Gardens - East Midlands

Easton Walled Gardens, Lincolnshire

A lifelong project to restore a walled garden

This was a forgotten garden which was left to go wild after Easton Hall was pulled down in 1951. The Cholmeley family who owned the house and grounds started to restore the once great garden in 2001. It is very much an on going project. The coach house, courtyard and buildings survive.

The gardens fall down the side of the valley to the river Wytham, where kingfishers can been seen darting over the water. The walled garden, designed to be seen from the house, is on the opposite bank and reached by an old stone bridge.

At the top of the garden is a large area of grassland planted with small trees. Children are encouraged to run and play here and balls are provided for them. There is also a turf maze. There are woodland gardens with snowdrops and daffodils in the spring as well as wildflower meadows. Steps lead down a series of grassy terraces with cowslips down to the river.

Between the river and the walled garden there are two long flower borders, designed to be seen at their best in late summer. The walled garden has a splendid yew tree tunnel running down the middle with grassed areas on either side. Two of these are planted with roses, not as formal rose beds but in the grass. There is a small vegetable garden, where crops are grown in small plots edged with wood in grass walkways as well as an orchard.

Close to the excellent tea room is the Pickery, the cut flower garden full of classic cottage garden favourites and over 60 different varieties of sweet peas. 

There is a small exhibition about the house and gardens.

Plants are for sale in the courtyard. The small shop has the usual selection of tea towels, cards and small gifts, as well as a good selection seeds, especially sweet peas.

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