This week The National Trust reopened some their gardens to the public! We can’t wait to visit once again, but in the meantime here’s our highlights from 2019.
The National Trust parks and estates highlight the timeless trends and styles, so why not recreate them in your own garden? Keep reading to find out how you can create a National Trust inspired garden, no matter how small your space may be!
1. Little Moreton Hall
‘Logically it should not still be standing up!’
“Seeing the tumbling architecture of Little Moreton Hall for the first time, engineers in 1990 could not believe their eyes. Fortunately this timber-framed building, curled around with a scenic moat, has defied logic for over 500 years. Nestled at the back of the hall is the manicured knot garden. You’ll also find herbs and vegetables that the Tudors would have used for their cooking and medicines.” Taken from The National Trust
On our visit to Little Moreton Hall we were not surprised to see Box (Buxus sempervirens) being used for the knot garden, accompanied with Yew (Taxus baccata) stand alone hedging and Topiary. Box is the ideal species for creating a formal border that can be used to separate areas of a garden or in this case, create an eye catching design. Yew can grow into a lovely dense hedging that also contributes to a formal look.
“Topiary is the art of clipping evergreen trees and shrubs into symmetrical shapes and is as old as gardening itself dating back to ancient Egypt. These days it is used in classic and contemporary gardens alike either as individual plants, a close matching pair of plants, or as block planting as in a parterre or knot garden. Topiary is frequently used to create focal points and to draw the eye around a space. All of our Topiary can be container grown, which makes them ideal plants for patios and urban garden design.”
Little Moreton Hall Inspired Range
If you would like to visit Little Moreton Hall, they are located at address: Little Moreton Hall, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 4SD.
Quarry Bank Mill
One of Britain’s greatest industrial heritage sites, home to a complete industrial community
“The early Industrial Revolution changed our world forever. At Quarry Bank you can discover a complete industrial community and experience the very different worlds of owner and worker, who lived and worked here side by side. In 1784, monumental change was brought to the village of Styal when Samuel Greg established his cotton mill. Powered by the water of the river Bollin and the toil of the workers, the Greg family business was part of a turning point in our history.
In the mill you can discover what it was like to work in a cotton mill. Experience heritage machinery in action and feel the floors shake beneath your feet as the spinning machines turn and the looms weave. Find out about the life and legacy of Samuel Greg, the founder of Quarry Bank, who arrived in England from Belfast as a young boy and went on to found a cotton empire. You can also discover more about the global cotton trade at the start of the Industrial Revolution and get a sense of the working conditions for the men, women and children who toiled in the mill.
You can explore the domestic life of the Greg family in their home, Quarry Bank House, and with a wander through the stunning picturesque gardens. Rising up the banks of the river valley, the gardens offer stunning views and spectacular changes through the seasons. In the restored glasshouse and kitchen garden, you can see the array of exotic fruits and vegetables that were grown for the wealthy Gregs’ table.
On the estate there are acres of woodland to explore. Follow the meandering path of the river Bollin, and cross the folly bridges as you look out for an array of wildlife and beautiful views.” taken from The National Trust
The stroll around Quarry Bank is a real delight and you will definitely get lost within the amount of plants that you will come across. An absolute treat for the bees and butterflies with many wildlife attracting shrubs. In the glasshouse gardens Dogwoods , Mexican Orange blossom and Euonymus japonicus ‘Ovatus Aureus‘ are amongst the many colourful plants, along with Lavenders and Catmint. Grasses are buried within the shrubs to add just a little extra texture. In the natural woodlands and paths you will come across a lot of English Holly that makes a great evergreen hedge and also another hit with the wildlife. On the river banking Spotted Laurel sweeps across creating a lovely textured informal hedging, you will also spot some Bamboo.
2. Quarry Bank Mill Inspired Range
If you would like to visit Quarry Bank Mill, they are located at address: Quarry Bank Mill,Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4LA.
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3. Lyme Park
Glorious house, surrounded by gardens, moorland and deer park
“Step back in time to the Regency era – a time which saw great rejuvenation for Lyme. Enjoy lavish interiors, try out the billiards table in the Long Gallery, read a book in the library, or visit our Dressing Room to try on the finest Regency regalia.
The 1,400 acre estate with its medieval herd of red deer offers fantastic walks and stunning views. For a more tranquil walk explore the elegant Rose Garden, Ravine Garden or the luxurious herbaceous borders next to the reflecting lake where a certain Mr Darcy met Miss Bennet in the BBC production of ‘Pride and Prejudice’.” Taken from The National Trust
The grounds are a mix of formal hedging that borders off the different areas of the garden that are filled with shrubs, hedging and topiary. There really is lots to see at Lyme park and we were pleased to see some of our best selling species such as English Holly, Yew, Ivy and then some of our shrubs such as Berberis Ottawensis, Euonymus japonicus ‘Kathy’ and Viburnum.
Unfortunately on our visit to Lyme park, the Italian Garden was closed off due to the recent flooding, so a trip back is a definite! However, we were still able to walk round the grounds and spot some very familiar plants…
Lyme Park Inspired Range
If you would like to visit Lyme Park, they are located at address: Lyme Park, Disley, Stockport, Cheshire, SK12 2NR
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