English Gardens - North

Burton Agnes Hall Gardens,  East Riding of Yorkshire


A delightful walled garden and attractive woodland


Burton Agnes Hall is the quintessential Elizabethan Manor House set in beautiful grounds. From parking the car outside the gatehouse, the gardens are a visual delight.

Burton Agnes Gardens

An avenue of carefully trimmed yews lead up to the house, with more on the immaculately kept lawns to the side of the house.

Burton Agnes Gardens

There is a classical style pond with statues. At the edge of the lawn is a most unusual gravel garden.

Burton Agnes Gardens

Most visitors head for the Walled Garden with its network of paths and secret gardens, with glimpses of the hall.
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Burton Agnes Gardens

Burton Agnes Gardens

At the top is the vegetable garden with small plots divided up by stone slab paths. Runner beans grow up archways of bamboo twigs over the paths. A wide range of vegetables and herbs are grown, mixed in with flowers. There is a strong smell of sage from the herb beds. The gardens are carefully tended and there were two gardeners at work the day we visited, as well as a chicken wire gardener.

Burton Agnes Gardens

Burton Agnes Gardens

Beyond the greenhouses which grow all the plants for the estate as well as those for sale in the courtyard, is what is described as the ‘coloured garden’. At the centre is a giant chess board inside a trellis work walk covered with vines and clematis. Off this is a series of small secret gardens with seats and more giant games to play including draughts and snakes and ladders.

The gardens contain the National Collection of Campanulas. There is a jungle garden with ten foot bamboo groves, a small fountain and even a maze.

Burton Agnes Gardens

The best time to visit the walled garden is from May to July when the flowers are at their best. By the end of August, these have been left to set seed which is harvested and dried, either to grow plants for the garden next year or to sell in the shop.

Beyond the house and the lawns is the Woodland walk through mixed woodland with beech and ash. In February the ground is covered with snowdrops.

Burton Agnes Gardens

Burton Agnes Gardens

A network of paths wander through the woods past wooden sculptures including an owl, squirrel, giant spider and caterpillars. The wind chimes however are anything but melodious, sounding like some very rusty farm machinery at work.

Behind the Norman Manor House is an old water wheel worked by a donkey which drew water from the well.
 
Burton Agnes Gardens

These are delightful gardens and are a popular day out for all ages. With the house, tea room and shop, it is easy to spend a full day here,

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