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Burnby Hall Gardens, Yorkshire

Burnby Hall Garden bridge by Barbara Ballard Two lakes, part of the eight acres of Burnby Hall Gardens, hold the National Collection of Hardy Waterlilies. These include the Sioux, Cromatella, Sensation, James Brydon, Pink Sensation, and Rene Gerard.

Burnby Hall Garden Lake by Barbara Ballard Burnby Hall Garden plants by Barbara Ballard In the grounds is the Stewart Museum with details on the life of James Stewart, who purchased Burnby in 1904. He was keen on fishing and had the upper lake created. The lower lake was built in 1910 and in 1920 the upper one was doubled in size.

One of Burnby Hall Garden lakes by Barbara Ballard Burnby Hall Garden the Victorian Garden by Barbara Ballard Amos Perry, a plantsman, was hired in 1935 to turn the fishing lakes into water gardens. Stewart’s wife Katherine was the instigator of this change. Hybrid hardy water lilies of many varieties were introduced into the lakes. In 1962 there were 57 varieties growing. In 1989 the handy lilies were designated as a National Collection. In 1993 the International Water Lily Society said this was the best quality public display of hardy water lilies anywhere in the world in a natural setting.

Burnby Hall Garden by Barbara Ballard Burnby Hall Garden by Barbara Ballard Other garden features are rock gardens, a secret garden, ornamental trees, a Victorian garden, shrubs, and flowers. A path follows the shore of the small lakes.

Allow about 30 minutes for a visit. The grounds are compact.

Visitor Information

Burnby Hall Gardens
Pocklington, B1246/1247 in east Yorkshire
Yorkshire, North-east Counties
Tel. 0 1759 307 125
Open: April-end Oct, daily, 10am-5.30pm; last entry 4.30pm
Tea-room; shop; museum on founder; some Sunday summer concerts; disabled friendly
Web: Burnby Hall Gardens

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