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As featured on BBC Gardeners World

The garden at Sledmere is gaining increasing prominence for its dynamic and innovative development programme. So much so, BBC Gardeners World recently paid us a visit to film our beautiful Walled gardens.

The walled garden was designed to maintain it’s formal and traditional style in keeping with it’s history but giving it a contemporary twist. Many of our visitors return on a regular basis to see what’s new; nine years in, the garden has become a place to explore and discover different planting areas that have an emphasis on form and colour and overall impact on the eye. Each area created has a different feel from the last, and each element begs to be explored drawing you through the garden losing sense of time in the process.


Inspired by the sad and beautiful song ‘Angel’ by Sarah McLachlan translated into a garden with curves and a soft colour palette.


The music of Vaughan Williams inspired this garden, using the same palette as Angel garden but in a contemporary way to create a garden with a long season of interest.


Designed to invoke a soulful sense of loss, the tight colour palette, dark water and muted paths, creating a garden in deep contrast to the surroundings.

Our latest designs are the formal fruit garden with apple and pear trees trained into unusual shapes and our potager which has a strong structural element running through the garden.

As the garden changes with the seasons you are offered an extensive collection of daffodils and other spring bulbs, vibrant tulips, wonderful scented roses and a stunning late summer display of tender perennials and annuals in the acclaimed double ‘exotic’ borders. The expansive range of plants used and different naturalistic gardening techniques employed help attract many different birds, butterflies and bees so wildlife enthusiasts as well as plant lovers should feel at home Visitors are encouraged to explore the garden at their leisure.


Join our head gardener at certain times of the year for a guided walk around the Walled Gardens. Learn about their history and how, in the last few years, they have been re-developed to provide more structure and extend the season of interest - a process which is still ongoing.

Dogs on leads are also very welcome.