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
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!
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.