Brodsworth gardens are an excellent example of high Victorian horticulture, a snap shot of a period when money was no object. Their intricate design hints at the grand aspirations of a newly wealthy family and creates a series of grand gardens in miniature by the use of inter twining paths and cleverly positioned planting. With several plant collections on site there is also something for the plantsman, including 100 different rose cultivars, 80 different ferns and 100 historic holly cultivars.
Originally laid out in 1863 by Charles Sabine Augustus Thellusson, the gardens continued to develop for over 30 years until the wealth of the family started to decline, instigated by the start of the First World War. From then on the neglect started to take effect. English Heritage took ownership of the site in 1990 after being gifted it by the family and found a garden, frozen in time buried under 80 years worth of neglect. Work began in 1995 in the formal gardens with the restoration of the Italianate evergreen shrubberies and formal flower gardens. 1998 - 2001 saw the restoration of the rock garden known as Fern Dell, progress in the Grove and the planting of the Victorian Rose Garden. More recent projects have included a woodland garden, herbaceous borders and the development of a species rose collection and, new for 2008, the restoration of the alpine beds.
•Cedrus libani (Cedar of Lebanon) on the front lawn.
•Araucaria araucana (Monkey Puzzle) on the flower garden.
•Rosa ‘Little White Pet’ on the flower garden.
•Dicksonia Antarctica (Giant Tree Fern) in the fern dell.
•Fritillaria acmopetala in the fern dell.
•Rosa sericea pteracantha in the rose dell.
•Sequoiadendron giganteum (Giant Redwood) in the acer dell.
An excellent garden to visit - relaxing unfussed and real. The only down side was the catering - Expensive and very poor, arrogant staff and appauling value.
I visited the Enchanted Garden at Brodsworth Hall on Monday evening and it was one of the best garden experiences I'd ever had, it was truly magical. This is an annual night time event where the gardens are lit with colourful lights and you follow a set tour around the garden. There's something new around every corner and it's perfect for children too with a enchanted fairy section where the children can listen out for the sound of fairies. There's also a great tea room and a children's play area. I'll definately be taking my family back to experience the gardens and hall during the day.
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