Leeds Castle

Maidstone

Visitors to the 'loveliest castle in the world' are often surprised and enchanted by the glorious gardens which surround this magnificent moated building. Natural woodland walks, the Culpeper Garden - a quintessential English cottage garden - and the Lady Baillie Garden - a Mediterranean style terraced garden overlooking the Great Water - are complemented by the beautiful surrounding parkland.
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    The gardens at Leeds Castle are a fitting complement to the building itself. Streams meander through the Woodland Garden - delightful in Springtime as anemones provide a carpet of colour leading through to the Pavilion Garden with its borders of azalea and rhododendron. This area of the grounds is half way through an extensive transformation, aided by landscape designer, Matt Jackson, and will turn what has been a continuous walkway into five separate garden areas. These new gardens will be officially renamed in 2019 after the Castle's patron, HRH Princess Alexandra.

    The traditional English Culpeper Garden is a plantsman's dream with its flower beds characterised by roses, pinks, lupins, poppies and lad's love and bordered with low box hedges. Originally the Castle's kitchen garden, it became a cut flower garden during the life of the Castle's last private owner, Olive, Lady Baillie; and then In 1980 it was transformed into a large cottage garden by the celebrated landscape designer, Russell Page.

    Below the Culpeper Garden and overlooking the Great Water, the Lady Baillie Garden was officially opened as recently as May 1999 and provides a striking contrast to the existing parkland. This Mediterranean style garden is built on a series of terraces and has been planted with exotic trees and shrubs designed to flourish in the arid conditions of this south-facing garden. Intimate sun-traps, cast stone urns, pergolas and gentle, sloping paths complete this fitting memorial to the last private owner of the Castle. A long hidden thirty foot high rockery has become an area of interest close to the ancient Barbican and Watermill. It is planted with dry loving plants at the top then down to lush ferns at the stream's edge which snakes around the bottom. Also newly planted, is the Castle Island itself which is slowly being transformed with white and silver planting to complement the warm Castle stone. For further information on any aspect of a visit to Leeds Castle and its gardens, visit our website at www.leeds-castle.com or call us on 01622 765400.

Press and Media Coverage

The gardens have most recently been written about in Country Living, Sept 2018; The Lady, Aug 2018 and The Telegraph May 2018.

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Leeds Castle- Canceled

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On this day, this garden is open by arrangement, which means that you will have to contact the owner to arrange visits for groups.

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Owner Information

Leeds Castle Trustees
01622 765400
enquiries@leeds-castle.co.uk

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Leeds Castle
Maidstone
Kent
ME17 1PL

Accessibility information

Fully wheelchair accessible with smooth paths through gardens, disabled WC and mobility bus.

More about Leeds Castle

The gardens at Leeds Castle are a fitting complement to the building itself. Streams meander through the Woodland Garden - delightful in Springtime as anemones provide a carpet of colour leading through to the Pavilion Garden with its borders of azalea and rhododendron. This area of the grounds is half way through an extensive transformation, aided by landscape designer, Matt Jackson, and will turn what has been a continuous walkway into five separate garden areas. These new gardens will be officially renamed in 2019 after the Castle's patron, HRH Princess Alexandra.

The traditional English Culpeper Garden is a plantsman's dream with its flower beds characterised by roses, pinks, lupins, poppies and lad's love and bordered with low box hedges. Originally the Castle's kitchen garden, it became a cut flower garden during the life of the Castle's last private owner, Olive, Lady Baillie; and then In 1980 it was transformed into a large cottage garden by the celebrated landscape designer, Russell Page.

Below the Culpeper Garden and overlooking the Great Water, the Lady Baillie Garden was officially opened as recently as May 1999 and provides a striking contrast to the existing parkland. This Mediterranean style garden is built on a series of terraces and has been planted with exotic trees and shrubs designed to flourish in the arid conditions of this south-facing garden. Intimate sun-traps, cast stone urns, pergolas and gentle, sloping paths complete this fitting memorial to the last private owner of the Castle. A long hidden thirty foot high rockery has become an area of interest close to the ancient Barbican and Watermill. It is planted with dry loving plants at the top then down to lush ferns at the stream's edge which snakes around the bottom. Also newly planted, is the Castle Island itself which is slowly being transformed with white and silver planting to complement the warm Castle stone. For further information on any aspect of a visit to Leeds Castle and its gardens, visit our website at www.leeds-castle.com or call us on 01622 765400.

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