Every grand house once had a walled garden, an enclosed space whose warmth and shelter enabled delicate fruit, vegetables and flowers to flourish where otherwise they might not have survived. Here are four local gardens to visit this autumn, each with a glorious walled plot to enjoy.
KIPLIN HALL GARDENS
Kiplin Hall was built in 1620, and its gardens and pleasure grounds have been delighting visitors ever since. At their heart is the Walled Garden, a spacious 18th century haven that once provided the Hall’s residents with cut flowers, fruit and vegetables.
In later years it fell out of use and was laid down entirely to grass. Fortunately in 2010 a comprehensive restoration programme was begun. All manner of fruit trees, soft fruit bushes, vegetables and flowers were planted, and now the Walled Garden once again provides beautiful floral displays for the Hall, along with many of the ingredients used in Kiplin’s award-winning tearoom.
Beyond the confines of the Walled Garden you’ll find plenty more to explore and enjoy, including the stylish White Garden, the peaceful Rose Garden and the entrancing Sensory Garden, where rich fragrances and the gentle rustle of ornamental grasses create a soothing and relaxing ambience. There are also lakeside and woodland walks, picnic places and activities for children, including croquet, quoits, pond-dipping and a play ship.