Gresgarth Hall & Gardens Summer 2013 / by Kat Weatherill

Gresgarth Hall is owned by Chelsea Flower Show Gold medal winning garden designer Arabella Lennox Boyd located in Caton, Lancashire and is open once a month between February and November.

The garden consists of 12 acres of beautifully planted terraces leading to the house and lake with its own rowing boat. There are lavishly planted deep herbaceous borders, in colour palettes of cool blues, pastel pink and white and hidden beds of hot fiery reds and yellows. Theres a vast walled kitchen garden that any ‘allotmenteer’ would go pea green with jealousy on visiting. As you walk around you can discover a pebble mosaic by artist Maggie Howarth, also hidden folly’s and sculpture.

Depending on the time of year of your visit you can see drifts of Hellebores, walk through a Rhododendron and Magnolia filled hillside or the bluebell walk. No matter what month you visit there is always something looking spectacular out of the 6000 varieties of plants and trees in this vast, beautifully maintained garden. Its is the garden of dreams, with a small army of gardeners to care for it, it is an immaculate mixture of Italianate style and the best of British planting.