Himalayan Garden set to open

Garden owner Peter Roberts is pictured with sculpture Band II by Jonathan Loxley. Picture - Simon Ryder
Garden owner Peter Roberts is pictured with sculpture Band II by Jonathan Loxley. Picture - Simon Ryder

The award-winning 20-acre Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park at Grewelthorpe is opening from today (Saturday, April 25) to June 14 having completed a major development programme during the winter.

New paths have been created and seating added so that visitors can enjoy the woodland walks and views as well as the sculpture collection, which now numbers more than 60 exhibits.

A dramatic new sculpture – Sunrise, by David Williams-Ellis, one of the world’s leading figurative sculptors – will be centre stage in a newly restored lake.

The gardens – which attract some 10,000 visitors each spring – have a large collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias.

There are nearly 20,000 plants including some 1,400 rhododendron varieties, 250 azalea varieties and 150 different magnolias – all set in a beautiful valley with scenic woodland walks.

Peter Roberts, the owner and driving force behind the Himalayan Garden, said: “A lot of work has gone on over the winter months to further develop and re-shape the gardens for the 2015 season and I am sure all our visitors will appreciate the changes and improvements.”

The garden is open from Tuesday to Sunday, and also Bank Holiday Mondays, from 10am-4pm up to Sunday, June 14.

Light refreshments are available at the gardens and admission is £7.50 with children under-12 free.

For more information visit www.himalayangarden.com