The Garden Landscape Guide

The Walled Garden at Scampston

The 4.5 acre Walled Garden was designed by Piet Oudolf. It is set within the 18th century walls of the original kitchen garden. There is a silent garden with a pond and no flowering plants, plantsman's walk and a mount that provides a vantage point to view the whole garden. The House is mainly Regency (1801) with a serpentine park. The park was designed by Lancelot Brown in 1772. It has an unusual 'Bridge Building', concealing the end of the water, with Ionic columns overlook the water and a sold wall closing the view. The owner of Scampston Hall wrote to Brown that it 'answers prodigiously well' to his requirements.

Scampston Hall, Malton, North Yorkshire, England, YO17 8NG

Walled Garden open early April to October, Tuesday to Sunday. Open 10am to 5pm (last entry 4:30pm).

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  • almost 4 years by Dave 5 / 5

    Probably one of the best gardens for colour and variety.
    Friendly staff and the plant labeling is superb.
    A great afternoon was had by all.
    Well done
  • almost 4 years by Ali garden lover 5 / 5

    Wonderful garden,imaginative layout within the walls. By no means a bog standard parkland type garden, instead intimate with interesting planting. Cannot believe only a one star rating.
  • about 5 years by Jackie Berry 5 / 5

    This is one of my favourite gardens - we've visited it many many times. It's style won't suit everyone as it's very contemporary but I love it! Piet Oudulf is an inspiring designer & his distinctive style is beautiful. I'd suggest looking at the garden web site (& gallery of pictures) to decide if it is for you, and when the best time to go is. Please don't be put off by the other negative reviews!
  • over 5 years by Anne wareham 1 / 5

    Please see

    for a detailed review of this garden and some others.

    extract: "I had not seen anything like this before and for that alone I was wanting to applaud, but at the same time I was struck by how “flat” the area was. The grasses themselves were at most mid thigh in height and the average was about knee high. Their dark chocolate flowers were beautiful but even on this fairly windy day there was not the “dramatic sense of movement” that the Guide promises....." by Charles Hawes.
  • almost 6 years by Pete 1 / 5

    The walled Garden gets glowing praise and is one of a handful of two starred gardens in the Good Garden Guide.

    So I am a bit nervous of writing this review. Simce I found the planting drab and uninspired and frankly it looks like it could do with some money invested in it.

    Perhaps I visited and the wrong time of year, perhaps it wasn't at its best after the recent dry spell? Perhaps it still needs time to mature. Perhaps its just not to my taste. The views from the mount are hardly glorious.

    The pond/lake and cascade walk are pleasant enough.

    The food is expensive (£4.99 for an egg sandwich) and pretentious.

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Scampstongarden Photograph © Scampston Hall
Scampston Walled Garden, 2010 Photograph © Pete Duxon
Scampston Walled Garden, July Photograph © Pete Duxon
Scampston Walled Garden, Summer Photograph © Pete Duxon