“If you haven’t done so already, put Kelmarsh Hall on your ‘lust list’ today.” Country Life Magazine
The gardens at Kelmarsh Hall are designated by English Heritage (Historic England) as Grade II*, a garden of national significance. The gardens surrounding the Hall are known for their relaxed charm and ‘haphazard luxuriance’.
Nancy Lancaster, who lived at Kelmarsh Hall, brought much of the immediate landscape to life during the late 1920s and again in the 1940s, with the help of garden designer Norah Lindsay and landscape architect Geoffrey Jellicoe. Despite their grand canvas, the gardens have an intimate, feminine feel, occasionally broken by wide pastoral views over a lost medieval village or the 18th century Lake.
Nancy, was a keen gardener who created a soft, beautiful outside space that complimented her English Country House Style interiors. Borders filled with sweet peas and roses framed relaxed seating areas and walkways that provided a backdrop to the diverse views that may be enjoyed from the different aspects of Kelmarsh Hall and provided a stunning venue for lavish cocktail parties in here era.
A team of volunteers have worked tirelessly with experts since 1998 to conjure a sense of the gardens’ heyday from photographs, memories and magazine articles of the period and have created the fragrant, romantic atmosphere enjoyed today.
From the sophisticated pastels of the sunken garden through to the showier saturated colours 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.
April: Daffodils and snake’s head fritillaries
Walled garden - Rhubarb & blossom on espaliered fruit trees
April/May: Tulips and alliums
July: Double border – Cottage garden perennials
Walled garden – Sweet peas
July to September: Walled garden - Cut flower beds (including dahlias)
August to September: Long border and Dahlias until the frosts
October: Michaelmas daisies and Dahlias until the frosts