Easton Walled Gardens were abandoned from 1951 when Easton Hall was demolished. Renovation work on the 12 acres of gardens started in 2002. There is a Yew Tunnel, Cut Flower Garden, Cottage Garden, Turf Maze and two glasshouses. President Franklin Roosevelt described this garden as...'A dream of Nirvana..almost too good to be true.' The garden is as interesting for the planting as its long history.
A 400-year-old, 12 acre garden set in the heart of Lincolnshire. Easton Hall, the original house, was demolished in 1951 and the 400 year old garden was abandoned and fell into total disrepair. Since 2001, Ursula and Fred Cholmeley have restored this ancient garden from an overgrown wilderness to the nationally important garden it once was.
The restoration continues year on year with innovative new planting schemes blending into a timeless English landscape. It currently includes herbaceous borders, roses, sweet peas, spring bulbs and shrubs, cutflower and vegetable gardens set off by limestone buildings and surrounded by beautiful parkland. Highlights include Snowdrop Week and spring bulbs, Sweet Pea Week and David Austin Roses.
We have created meadow areas that increase in diversity every year as it is intended that this should be a garden that works for humans and wildlife. The Cedar Meadow is filled with spring bulbs from mid-January to early June. The terraces and rose meadows are rich with summer flowers and finally we have two tiny meadows by the history room filled with crocuses and spring bulbs.
The emphasis is firmly on horticulture although the cakes and lunches are pretty good too! The gift shop sells products carefully chosen to include some pieces from local artists and the courtyard has a good variety of plants for sale. Venue hire is available and can cater for large parties and corporate meetings in the sensitively restored Coach House and for smaller parties of up to 6 people in the luxury cedar lodge, The Meadow Retreat. We run a variety of workshops throughout the season and host other special events such as the Autumn Country Market, Teddy Bear’s Picnic and Dog Days. All of this is further complimented by our online shop and an annual photography competition.
Easton, Grantham, Lincolnshire, England, NG33 5AP
March to October. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Also open for Snowdrops. Open 11am to 4pm (6pm on Sundays in August).
Adults £7.50 Children £3.50