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Walled Garden
Walled Garden
One of the most beautiful parts of the castle is the walled garden, with its beautiful beds and superb herb garden. For gardeners it's also well worth taking a look at their fantastic vegetable garden and the fully working vinery.

The walled garden is split into two sections - north and south, both equally impressive. The North Walled Garden contains a large working garden, growing vegetables and with a large selection of fruit trees on the western wall, which turns the corner into an impressive bed of sunflowers of all varities. The centrepiece to the northern section is a beautiful double herbaceous border running the length of the middle and a haven for butterflies in the summer.

The South Walled Garden consists of a herb garden to the east, which is entered through an arch of apple trees, while, in the centre lies the grassy area of the garden laid out in a contemporary style. There are various beds in the garden, each celebrating different varieties of settings.

Vinery
Flower beds

Over to the western edge sits the working vinery. In the eighteenth and early Nineteenth Centuries a vinery was one of the ultimate status symbols, not only did it show you had conspicuous wealth, by affording to build one in the first place, but also that you could afford a highly talented gardener to keep the vines alive!

Today's gardeners are no less talented, and the vinery is still in perfect working order today, with an ingenious system for maintaining the temperature. Animal droppings are placed in the dark coloured hatches under the vinery, as the black material absorbs the heat of the sun, the dung heats up and releases warm gases which then flow through pipes keeping the vinery warm.

 

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