East of Lake,
Opening dates and times:Visitors welcome by appt June to Sept, by prior arrangement only
Admission:Adm £4, chd free
Contact:Karen Guthrie & Grizedale Arts
Telephone: 015394 41242
Location:5m East of Coniston village.
Follow signs to East of Lake or brown signs to Brantwood. Turning to garden track 1 mile South of Brantwood, past two semi-detached houses (Forestry Commission sign-post at junction). Please note 2 mile forestry track to garden can be rough. Garden car park provided but please bring as few cars as possible. Alternatively use Machell's Coppice car park 200m S of Brantwood and access garden on foot via 20 mins brisk walk up forest footpath from rear of car park or from Brantwood garden
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Description:Ambitious garden and small-holding created over the last decade on fellside in a spectacular setting overlooking Coniston Water. Sinuous drystone terraces overflow with many unusual herbaceous plants. Sensitive stone and timber hard landscaping. Great late summer colour and texture. Woodland and water gardens, meadow, orchard, bees, poultry and kitchen gardens. 'This garden is a triumph' (Eric Robson, broadcaster)
Poultry, apiary, water gardens, wildflower meadow, wildlife
In the press:Featured in Cumbria Life
Further details:Circa 5 acres of reclaimed fellside at 200m above sea-level in a spectacular, exposed setting overlooking Old Man of Coniston and Coniston Water. Designed and created by artist/film-maker Karen Guthrie & curator Adam Sutherland since 2001. The garden has a contemporary but informal flavour, featuring terraced, naturalistic herbaceous, woodland, bog and wild gardens, including large wild flower meadow and organic kitchen garden of raised beds, two polytunnels, a young orchard, apiary and poultry area. Many native plants strategically used, and unusual and seed-grown perennials, trees and shrubs with an emphasis on sustainable practices and low maintenance. In July the large bog garden is spectacular whilst herbaceous borders remain colourful until October.
Lawson Park farmhouse is now an artist's residency base run by Grizedale Arts, and the garden and house feature numerous contemporary artist's commissions