Saturday, 13 February 2016

LRGT Garden Visits for 2016

Our first garden visit of the year will be to Easton Walled Gardens and Little Ponton Hall near Grantham in Lincolnshire.
(Photograph by kind permission of Fred Cholmeley)
Easton Hall, home to the Cholmeley family for nearly 400 years, was demolished in 1951 and the gardens abandoned. The family still own the estate and, in 2001, began the revival of the gardens. The remains you can see today include parts of the Formal Gardens, the Gatehouse and the Stable yard. The gardens are renowned for their winter display of snowdrops and aconites and for sweet peas in the summer. The trust first visited in 2010.  Easton Walled Garden is an RHS partner garden.
(Photograph by kind permission of Fred Cholmeley)
Little Ponton Hall and its gardens lie in the curve of the River Witham.  The 18th century house, home to Mrs Rosemary McCorquodale, is surrounded by immaculate lawns and spring flower -filled borders. The 200 year old cedar tree looks beautiful set against the architecture of the house.   In the walled vegetable garden there are the Victorian greenhouses full of exotic plants, and a listed dovecote. The most recent project is the development of a herb garden.
(Photograph by kind permission of Gillian Rudman)
This is a magical, secret garden, rarely opened to the public and only for one weekend in 2016.  Adjoining the garden is the tiny village church dedicated to St. Guthlac.
In  early spring, swathes of snowdrops cover the river banks, and aconites form a yellow carpet along the path to the church.

Garden visits planned for later this year include Croome Park (May 19)  Renishaw Hall and Gardens (June 26) and Heath House and Trentham Gardens (16 August). 
Karen Gimson