©Helmingham Hall Gardens

Helmingham Hall with its wide moat and ancient deer park has been the home of the Tollemache family since it was built in 1487. The gardens were laid out in 1510, with the walls introduced in 1740. The garden moat, of Saxon origin, encloses the entire formal garden.

A wide causeway with old yew topiary leads you into the parterre redesigned in 1979 with a generous border of Hybrid musk roses on the three walls behind it. Within the walled garden are long spectacular herbaceous borders in cruciform shape, backed by wire trained roses and other climbing plants behind which are subdivided vegetable gardens. The garden was divided by tunnels of runner beans, sweet peas and gourds in the 1980s. On the inside of the walls are different themes of planting. There are more interesting borders stretching all around the outside and within the moat.

The apple walk divides the walled garden from the park and this leads you to the wild flower meadow, which in turn leads to The Woodland garden, laid down in 2007, growing decorative and the more domesticated trees and shrubs. Land-form elements add to this more informal space .On the east side of the house is a relatively new garden laid out in 1982.The intention here was to create an historically sympathetic garden and so a knot and herb garden was designed leading to the quadrant garden of historic old scented roses. Circular beds of English roses surround a statue of Flora in the centre. Beyond this yew flanked garden is the Coach house garden with its Horse Drinking pond reflecting informal planting of trees with winding paths in long grass. A quintessentially English garden of history, romance and beauty

Helmingham Hall Gardens
Suffolk IP14 6EF

The gardens are now close until 2nd May 2021

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