Historic garden tours with Kiplin Hall Head Gardener

Kiplin Hall Head Gardener Chris Baker who will be leading two talks on the gardens. (s)
Kiplin Hall Head Gardener Chris Baker who will be leading two talks on the gardens. (s)
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Kiplin Hall’s Head Gardener will be leading a guided walk and talk on Tuesday, April 24.

The walk will be repeated on Monday, May 21.

During the walks, which start at 10.30am, head gardener Chris Baker will explain the development of the gardens since the house was built in the 1620s and tell of his ambitious plans to restore the gardens to their earlier glory. He will also talk about the layout of historic gardens, how predecessors managed the complex grounds, which plants they grew, how they were grown and where they were displayed.

Chris was appointed in 2010 and has since recruited an active team of volunteers who work alongside him two days a week.

They have planted hedges, knot gardens and a Sensory Garden, as well as bringing the Walled Garden back to life, producing vegetables for the Tea Room and for sale in the Hall’s shop. This year they are planting a new White Garden, a Hot Border and Perennial Bed.

The gardens at Jacobean Kiplin Hall were in their heyday in the late 19th century. Photographs and records from the period show a well-stocked walled garden, ornamental ponds, apple orchard, rose gardens, The walks take place at 10.30am lasting around three hours and include a break for coffee and cake.

Tickets are £12.50 per person. To book, please telephone 01748 818178, or email info@kiplinhall.co.uk. More information on the website www.kiplinhall.co.uk