Constable Burton Hall (not open to the public) is a Georgian home built for Sir Marmaduke Wyvill by architect John Carr in 1768. The Garden Trail
The terraced gardens date from 1932-76 and are to the design of Mrs Vida Burdon. Of special note are a collection of maples, ancient yew trees, and lime trees under which daffodils bloom in the spring. At the end of the lime avenue cyclamen carpets show off their colour in the summer. 6000 tulip bulbs are on show the first week of May.
Also in the 18th century parkland are a stream garden complete with ponds and a rock garden. In the woodland are ferns. Lilies, roses and wildflowers are a special treat. Visitors can follow nature and garden trails.
1. Rock Garden: evergreen shrub, osmanthus delavayi, has fragrant white flower that bloom in April; mixture of alpines and perennials including geraniums; rock garden leads to bog garden with bog arum and its giant leaves, hostas, primulas, iris, and astilbes.
2. Lower Terrace: large conifer; Tarzan tree has large stems that hang down with greenish-white flowers in late summer/early autumn; ground cover includes geranium macrorrhizum, ferns and others.
3. Acer Walk: maples with displays in autumn; magnolia shrubs with white blooms in May and June.
4. Middle Terrace; scented lilies in the summer; shade ground cover plants include hosta, ferns, and solomon seal (blooms in late spring); ancient yews with climbers.
5. Granny’s Garden: foliage and flower variations during the garden season; magnolia kobus common to Japan produces white fragrant flowers mid March-early April.
6. Lawn border: mix of trees and large shrubs include katsura tree, evergreens, smoke tree (plumes turn grey in late summer), roses.
7. Long border: mix of low mound forming plants (geranium, saxifrage, and others), sedums and golden spireas; conifers, acer, clematis, rosa rogosa shrub; snowdrops and winter aconites in late winter; cyclamen neapolitan in late summer.
8. Herbaceous Garden: weeping pear, alliums, iris, lupins, foxgloves, poppies bloom in summer.
9. Beck area: new plantings with choice botanical trees; azaleas and rhododendrons.
10. Lily pond
11. Daffodil Field: collection of daffodils beneath oak trees bloom in the spring; rare trees from various parts of the world.
There is an old ice house in the grounds.
Constable Burton Hall Gardens
Three miles east of town of Leyburn, Yorkshire
Tel. 0 1677 450 428
Open: garden, last week March-last week Sep, daily, 10am-4pm; open first week March for tulip festival, check website for dates each year; house not open to public
Historic Houses Association member; parking
Web: Constable Burton Hall Gardens
Photo of house © by Barbara Ballard
Other photos courtesy Geograph UK as follows:
House and gardens, ice house by Andrew Whale; garden and house, garden by Don Barber
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