Opening of the new Herbaceous Garden at Attingham Park

The new Herbaceous Garden at Attingham Park will be officially opened on Sunday 22 June between 11am and 3pm and the Walled Gardeners at the popular National Trust property near Shrewsbury are inviting visitors to come along on the day and join them to celebrate the occasion and discover more about this exciting project.

Attingham’s Walled Gardeners will be leading tours of the garden from 11am to 3pm, explaining how they grow cut flowers for the mansion, tea room and shop throughout the year. Flower arranging demonstrations will take place throughout the day in the decorated Raj tent, and visitors can enjoy a free sample of some of the delicious homemade flower and fruit cordials made on the site.

The Herbaceous Garden is adjacent to the large kitchen garden, and until September 2012 was the main children’s playground at Attingham Park. The playground has now been moved into the extensive seven acre ‘Shoulder of Mutton’ field next to the orchard, allowing the garden to be returned to its former use as a cut flower garden as it would have been in the 1920s.

Research into the archives has uncovered an inventory produced in 1924 listing all the flowers grown in what it described as the ‘Herbaceous Garden’, and included favourite flowers of the period including dahlias, asters, carnations, pinks, violets, doronicum and chrysanthemums.

Kate Nicoll, Senior Gardener at Attingham Park said, ‘It’s fantastic that we have been able to return the Herbaceous Garden to how it was in days gone by. Alongside reintroducing the flowers grown in the 1920s we’ve also added some other herbaceous plants and bulbs. The central part of the garden remains as grass for relaxing and picnics, with 14 cutting beds carefully labelled for all to enjoy. The official opening event on 22 June will give visitors the chance to dig a little deeper and get an insight into the role the walled garden plays in the estate.’

The official opening of the new Herbaceous Garden will take place between 11am and 3pm on Sunday 22 June. There is no extra charge but normal admission charges apply.

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