English Gardens - North
The rest of the gardens
the north of the house
is the large woodland glade which leads to the Moat Pond and
the vegetable garden.
To the east is a series of gardens with tall hedges. The first is the Cathedral garden with good views to the Cathedral and across The Sands to the opposite banks of the River Wear. It is a large grassy area surrounded by flower borders. The small topiary box trees represents monks.
Beyond is the Shakespeare garden with a stone bust of Shakespeare. The statue of a lady has been named Anne Hathaway. The garden is divided into four by low clipped yew hedges and there is a small pergola at the centre. It is planted with typical C16th plants including lavender, larkspur, marjoram, Achillea, Japanese anemones and day lilies.
Through the gate is the Orchard with old varieties of apples, plums, greengage and a cherry tree. Soft fruits grows in the border on one side. On the other border are mullein and foxglove with pink Cosmos at the far end.
Reached through the gap in the hedge is the Silver and White garden which was planted with white lobelia, cosmos and dianthus.
At the top of the garden is the Moat Pond, surrounded by trees with a small wooden bridge and small waterfall into a smaller pond which is now filling up with buttercups and montbretia.
The grassy bank by the Moat Pond marks an ancient rampart.
The small vegetable garden with a greenhouse is to the west of the wooded glade and provides vegetables and herbs for the kitchen. The scarecrow is appropriately named Elvis.
These are lovely gardens with plenty of seats to sit and enjoy them. The only indication you are close to civilisation is the traffic noise and the sound of the occasional train.
The house and gardens are open Sunday to Wednesday 11-5 in the summer and 11-3 in the winter. There is pay and display parking by the cafe and shop with more pay and display perking along Frankland Lane. The cafe is open daily from 9.30-5.
The post code is DH1 5SZ and the grid reference is NZ 275431.
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