Easton Walled Gardens
You'll find The Gatehouse Lodge tucked away in a quiet corner at the entrance to these lovely Gardens, which like the Lodge itself, have been rescued from dereliction and decay.
In 2001, the main gardens were only visible in winter. Scrub and woodland had reclaimed a once-great, 400 year old garden. Work began that year and since then we have been working to re-establish the gardens. This is an ongoing process and some of our planting will take many years to reach maturity. For many of our visitors this slow revival is part of the beauty of their visit. 500 years of history comes alive precisely because this is a work in progress. Last year, for instance, the next batch of walls were repaired, the river was revived to encourage trout and new plantings mingled with the surviving trees and shrubs planted by previous generations of gardeners.
Because the layout owes a lot to the Tudor and Jacobean period almost everything can be seen from the site of the old house. These are walled gardens that were meant to be seen so they were designed to be beautiful as well as productive. Our interpretation now includes a turf maze, yew tunnel and mature trees. Beyond is The River Witham and the massive terraces that rise from the water level. Our main focus is to give the gardens an aesthetically and financially sound future. We work to keep the fragile walls and ironwork protected from weeds and the elements and are gradually restoring them. Within this structure we have created some really interesting planting, which is yours to explore when you step out of your door.
Some highlights of the Gardens' year:
Snowdrop Week - Every February: A great time stay in the Lodge, curl up by a cosy fire and go out into the Gardens to see carpets of snowdrops and aconites.
Easter Weekend: The Gardens will be waking up and Easter is a great time to stay in the Lodge, with its cosy sitting room to enjoy a good book in after a lovely spring walk in the Gardens.
Sweet pea week - Early July: Arguably our favourite time of year in the Gardens, with the quintessentially English flowers at their best, and all within easy reach of the Lodge's back door.
Autumn Country Market - Held each September: A lovely day in the Gardens with all sorts of stalls and attractions. The Gardens are still looking lovely and they and the Lodge are all yours once the stallholders and their visitors have packed up and gone home.
For more information about the Gardens and The Easton Estate, please see the main Visit Easton website.