Rock Garden Rarities and Dazzling Dahlias to Entice at Newby Hall in 2021
Visitors will be returning to Newby Hall in April. And when they do, they will get the first rare-plant-filled glimpse of the major restoration of a historic Edwardian rock garden. Thought to be one of the largest of its kind in the UK.
Newby Hall’s expansive rock garden2 boasts a waterfall, hidden nooks and a miniature aquaduct. And it’s undergoing a five-year refurbishment and the initial phase is now complete. Scores of new rare and unusual plants will be in full spring bloom when Newby Hall opens for the season. And many have replaced overgrown foliage in the iconic garden, and large architectural rocks unearthed.
Dating back to pre-WW1 and measuring over an acre, it was originally designed with the help of visionary Edwardian plantswoman Ellen Willmott. But a century later, many of its shrubs, plants and trees had outgrown the space. And specialist work by the garden team is restoring it to its former glory.
“A real flower-powered punch”
Also getting a 21st century revamp are the dazzling dahlia beds at Newby Hall. Dozens of new varieties will get their first showing this year in an eye-popping, contemporary colour palette. Delicate fritillaries, oxslips and tulips have been planted under apple and quince trees in the Orchard Garden to give a full-on, late spring display, and Newby Hall’s famous 172 metre-long double herbaceous border is on track to give a real flower-powered punch all season long.
The popular three-day Harrogate Autumn Flower Show will be held in the grounds of Newby Hall (17-19 September). Excitedly, it’s the first time it’s been held there. And show-goers will also get free access to the gardens as part of their admission ticket. The event is famed for its giant vegetable competition, the Northern Championships for the National Vegetable Society and one of the best autumn bloom displays in the UK, so both flower lovers and grow-your-own aficionados alike will get their horticultural fix. The season at Newby Hall culminates with Apple Day and the Apple Throwing Championships on 3 October.
Other garden gems at Newby Hall include a national Cornus collection, a stunning autumn garden packed with late-flowering salvias, magnificent magnolias in the Tropical Garden and a traditional sweet-smelling rose garden.