“If you haven’t done so already, put Kelmarsh Hall on your ‘lust list’ today.”
Country Life Magazine
Within the 18th century setting, the gardens that visitors see at Kelmarsh Hall today are largely inspired by Nancy Lancaster. She extended her interior style of shabby chic charm into the gardens and drafted in the garden designer of her day, the talented Norah Lindsay, to help. Around the Hall the landscape architect Geoffrey Jellicoe laid out a formal terrace.
From the sophisticated pastels of the sunken garden through to the showier shades of the 60m long border, the garden leads you on a tour around the perimeter of a triangular walled garden. This secret heart is a relaxing space filled with traditional fruit and vegetables, cut flower beds and a restored vinery. The produce and cut flowers are sold in the Visitor Centre when available.
These overlays of history within the gardens contributed to the gardens listing by English Heritage as Grade II*, a garden of national significance. The gardens are also a RHS Partner Garden.
Seasonal highlights in the garden:
||Daffodils and snake’s head fritillaries
Walled garden - Rhubarb & blossom on espaliered fruit trees
||Tulips and alliums
||Double border – Cottage garden perennials
Walled garden – Sweet peas
|July to Sept:
||Walled garden - Cut flower beds (including dahlias)
|August to Sept:
If you are visiting to see a particular flower or plant, please call ahead to check they are in bloom.
A dahlia festival is normally held each September to showcase the varied collection in the walled kitchen garden. Over the last few years new American-bred varieties have been added to the collection, as a nod to Nancy Lancaster's American roots. Look out for details of the dahlia festival in the What's On section.
For more information download the Kelmarsh Garden Guide.
***HORTICULTURAL TRAINING PLACEMENT***
Thanks to the support of the Kelmarsh Trust, the Worshipful Company of Gardeners and Dr John and Mrs J Lancaster, we are pleased to be able to offer a paid full-time (40 hours per week), five-week summer training placement at Kelmarsh Hall’s gardens for two budding horticulturalists. Candidates must be currently studying horticulture and must be able to offer five consecutive weeks. This is a fabulous opportunity to work in an historic garden environment that is open to the public and was designed by well-known 20th century garden designers. If you are interested in applying please emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
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Kelmarsh Dahlias from Kelmarsh Hall on Vimeo.
Click here to read more about the gardens at Kelmarsh in The English Garden (photography by Andrea Jones Photographer).
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