Temple Newsam Park and Gardens

Although we took a long walk here on a cold day during the winter, on our visit his week we found the gardens completely transformed.  I know everything looks better in the sunshine, but the scenery was amazing and, although I have seen more inspiring walled gardens, the hothouses took my breath away.   
 The approach to the lake was lined with Rhododendrons in every colour 
 A section of the walled garden
 The first section of the hothouse you walk past pelargoniums of every colour including climbing varieties
 Next came a multitude of pots set out like this
 ..... and just when you thought the show was over there were the tropical plants, just like house plants but enormous including bird of paradise, lantana,


 we had our picnic in this circular seating area.  Just a pity the roses are late this year.

There is an exhibition to celebrate the tercentenary of the birth of Capability Brown, who designed these gardens, at the Mercer Gallery in Harrogate between 25th June and 11th September and entry is free.  For more information, go to http://www.capabilitybrown.org/event/noble-prospects-capability-brown-and-yorkshire-landscape

Best thing is that it is owned by the council and can be enjoyed by all!
I have blogged about Temple Newsam House earlier here http://thirdageblogger.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/a-garden-post.html and here http://thirdageblogger.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/the-vanity-of-small-differences.html  
Note to self:  Learn how to insert links 


  1. Lovely photos and vibrant colours.

  2. Thank you for the info about the Capability Brown exhibition! I'll be in Ripon für two weeks in July/August, and will definitely go to Harrogate once or twice during that time.


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