The Garden Guide

Kelmarsh Hall Garden

A Palladian house, by James Gibbs c1728, in a landscape park. The Kelmarsh Hall garden has yew hedges and clipped box. Norah Lindsay worked on the design.

Head Gardener's Comment

If you haven't visited for while, we hope you'll find that we've made steady progress with our renovations. Our team of trusty volunteers are helping to bring it alive with their veg production. Kelmarsh is such a beautiful place, we hope we can share it with you-whether you want a sunny spot to read your newspaper undisturbed or are keen to badger us about a new plant you've spotted, I'm sure you'll feel better for coming!

Photograph © Kelmarsh Hall

Photograph © Kelmarsh Hall

Photograph © Kelmarsh Hall

Photograph © Kelmarsh Hall
Photograph © Jonathan Harris
Courtesy Kelmarsh Hall
Courtesy Kelmarsh Hall


The raffish charm gardens of Kelmarsh Hall offer visitors an insight into two of the most talented decorating spirits of the Twentieth Century.
The sparkling Nancy Lancaster honed her English Country House style at Kelmarsh, employing her society contact Mrs Norah Lindsay, designer to the Prince of Wales and his set, to work her romantic spell on the gardens.
Visitors to Kelmarsh can now enjoy the recreations of her virtuoso borders and rose gardens as well as the productive beauty of the enchanting walled garden and timeless rural views.
There’s something to delight. The refined decorum of tulips and fritillaries in spring leads on to the full blown excesses of high summer and a profusion of cut flower and autumnal abundance.

Plants of note

Seasonal highlights in the garden:

April: Daffodils and snake’s head fritillaries
Walled garden - Rhubarb & blossom on espaliered fruit trees

April/May: Tulips and alliums

May/June: Peonies

June: Roses

July: Double border – Cottage garden perennials
Walled garden – Sweet peas

July to Sept: Walled garden - Cut flower beds (including dahlias)

August to Sept: Long border

If you are visiting to see a particular flower or plant, please call ahead to check they are in bloom.

Estate Office, Kelmarsh Hall, Kelmarsh, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, NN6 9LY

The hall and gardens are open on set days from April 20th 2014 to September 25th 2014. Hall Opening Times The hall is open from 2pm to 5pm for guided tours on: - Thursdays - Bank Holiday Sundays - Bank Holiday Mondays (The hall will also be open on Sunday 29th June 2014). Gardens and Tea Room Opening Times The gardens and tea room are open from 11am to 5pm on: - Tuesdays - Wednesdays - Thursdays - Sundays - Bank Holiday Mondays

House tour with garden admission: Adult £7.50 Concession £7 Child (5-14 years) £4.50 Gardens only Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £15 Adult £5.50 Concessions £5 Child (5-14 years) £3.50

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