Leeds Castle plan Ethereal garden

Gardens-Leeds-Castle-800-533Leeds Castle in Kent is a major tourism destination that is home to a maze, grotto, golf course and even a museum of dog collars! The Grade I listed property also boasts some of the most magnificent gardens you will be able to walk through this year, and they’re expected to get even better!

This year the Castle’s head gardener Andrew McCoryn is overseeing a project which will see the updating of the Castle Island gardens at the heart of the estate. Andrew explains: “Our main focus for 2016 will be the Castle Island, which for my team and I is an exciting challenge! The Castle is at the heart and centre of the vast estate, but there is a lack of colour and planting surrounding the building, which looks out to a green croquet lawn. We are going to build a series of beds, which we are hoping to neutralise, whilst putting a planting scheme in place that is unique and unlike any of the other gardens on the estate.”

He goes on to say how this new Castle Island garden landscape will differ from what we can find in the other gardens on the estate: “It won’t be palms as seen in the Lady Baillie Mediterranean Garden or the colours of the Culpeper Garden. The Castle garden will be more structured with a grand mix of colours, particularly silvers, whites and lime greens. We are going for an ethereal approach that will not steal the thunder away from the Castle but will really support it. It is a big project and an exciting one.”

Work is also underway on the Castle’s rockery that will see it restored to its 1978 design, placing all the stones back in their original location and replanting around them.

Leeds Castle is a perfect location for a day out and is this year a featured garden in the Visit England “Year of the English Garden” campaign. The Campaign is a celebration to mark the 300th anniversary of the renowned English landscape architect ‘Capabolity Brown and get more people taking the time to experience and enjoy gardens across the country.



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