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Wollerton Old Hall Garden, Shropshire

Wollerton Old Hall by Barbara Ballard Wollerton Old Hall formal garden beds by Barbara Ballard Wollerton Old Hall Garden was created in its present form by John and Lesley Jenkins. They began in 1984 to transform the four acres around the 16th century house (not open to the public) into a plantsman’s garden. Plants are both familiar and rarer with an emphasis on perennials. The garden is formal in design and divided into smaller gardens, each with a theme of its own.

Tour of the Garden

1. The House Front: old black mulberry, wild garlic, hydrangea
2. Old Garden: once the site of an Elizabethan knot garden; now a simplified knot garden; oak obelisks support clematis
3. Rill Garden: sunken area in Arts and Crafts style; pale colours
4. Acer Borders: acer bloodgood and acer aconitifolium; trilliums; snowdrops; double primroses; astilbes
5. Alice’s Garden: named after a pet cat; tender plants with silver and black planting scheme; salvias
Wollerton Old Hall garden gazebo and fountain by Barbara Ballard 6. Daisy Borders: twin perennial borders lead to gazebo; delphiniums; campanula; valerian; hollyhocks; asters
7. Rose Garden: damask roses; centifolias albas; David Austin English roses
8. Cottage Garden: potager garden with vegetables grown in rotation; trellis seat
9. Croft Garden: informal on river side of the wall; specimen shrubs; maples
10. Croft: specimen trees; wild flowers
Wollerton Old Hall garden shelter by Barbara Ballard 11. Long Walk: box hedges; iron arches; roses; clematis; mixed shrubs, roses, herbaceous; salvias; geraniums
12. Well Garden: small enclosed garden space; pale colours; white and yellow plantings
13. Font Garden: loggia; calming space
14. Lime Allee: pleached limes under planted with tulips and violas
15. Lanhydrock: hotter colours; daisies; rudbeckias; heleniums; red salvias; cordylines
16. Main Herbaceous Border: broad colour sweeps in the Jekyll tradition
17. Shade Garden: dry shade area with ferns, hellebores, trilliums, mahonias and Himalayan poppies.
Wollerton Old Hall garden path by Barbara Ballard 18. House Courtyard and Tea-room area: tender pants in pots in summer
19. Purple Border: on left on entrance; purple clematis

Visitor Information

Wollerton Old Hall Garden
Wollerton, near Market Drayton, Shropshire; off the A53
Tel. 0 1630 685 760
Open: Good Fri-end May, Fri, Sun and BH, noon-5pm; June-Aug, Thu, Fri, Sun, BH, Sep, Fri; noon-5pm
Tea-room; plant nursery; special events by pre-sold tickets from the website

All photos © by Barbara Ballard

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