Our most exciting new project to date. A five year plan for this former kitchen garden; known as Firrendale in the seventeenth century; is to be re-imagined from 2020 with shrub borders and a long shade border filled with hosta's and tree fern's. Hedging will create avenues for you to wander and to discover hidden garden rooms. The herbaceous borders will be planted with traditional English country style floral's of pinks, blues, whites with maybe a hint of exotica!
The 'ridge and furrow' glasshouses are attributed to Joseph Paxton who worked for the Crossley’s in Halifax and the unique peach cases are akin to the wonderful Paxton ones at Chatsworth House. Due to be repainted in summer of 2020 after which we our proposing to reopen the ridge and furrows so that visitors can appreciate the Victorian architecture internally. One of them will be planted with tropical climbers to awaken the senses!
This is an ongoing restoration. The central beds provide organic vegetables, herbs and edible flowers for the Estate. Floral cutting beds to the sides, supply bouquets to decorate the Hall and Fritton Arms and flowers to buy in the shop. A new composting area will be established along with used potato boxes for growing root crops and a nursery production area zone for plant sales. The wooden doorway to the side will be reopened. This 'secret' doorway will lead to views of the park and another new project due to start..
Starting in 2020, a brand-new idea for the gardens which will incorporate a swing, paths and seating with lush plantings of bananas, gingers, bamboos and other jungle plants as well as a ‘beach’ for youngsters.
New for 2020. A long awaited addition to the gardens. Plants will be available throughout the open season. It will take a couple of years to build up our range but expect perennials, shrubs, exotics and some occasional rarities! Plants purchased can be found growing within the gardens so you can 'see before you buy!'.