Levens Hall Gardens
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Description:World famous topiary garden laid out between 1690 and 1720 by Guillaume Beaumont. Colourful summer bedding, herbaceous borders, fountain garden, nuttery, ornamental vegetable garden and herb garden
Willow labyrinth, restored C17 smoke house, bird hide, hens, gift shop in C18 potting shed. We are pleased to be supporting the NGS in their 85th year
In the press:Featured on BBC Gardeners’ World, Radio Cumbria, BBC News Northwest and in Interiors Magazine
Further details:Levens Hall is situated on the edge of the English Lake district some 5 miles south of Kendal on the A6 (M6 Junction 36). There are brown ‘historic house’ signs to Levens Hall directing drivers from the A6, A590 and A591 roads. The nearest railway station is at Oxenholme (The Lake District) some 5 miles away. Manchester Airport is the nearest airport, about one and a half hour’s journey via the M6 Motorway. Buses 555 & 556 stop outside Levens Hall once per hour.
Levens Hall is built on low lying ground adjacent to the upper tidal reaches of the Kent Estuary. The underlying rock is limestone and the soil is a neutral loam, with approximately 45 inches of rain falling a year. The world famous Topiary Gardens were laid out by Monsieur Guillaume Beaumont, one time gardener to James 11 around 1694 and we are fortunate that since that time no owner has wished to make changes as so many others have, and so the four gardeners we have at present are truly looking after a design which has remained unchanged for over 300 years.
This is the area which makes the gardens of Levens Hall so unique. It is the best, oldest and most extensive topiary garden in the World. There are over 90 pieces here, each clipped to an unusual and individual design. Under the topiary, depending on the time year, there is colourful spring or summer bedding. There is also a rose garden, a nuttery, fine herbaceous borders, and a fountain garden laid out with pleached limes to celebrate 300 years of the Gardens at Levens. To discover more about Levens Hall and Gardens visit our website:- www.levenshall.co.uk