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St Paul's Walden Bury

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Spectacular formal woodland garden, Grade 1 listed, laid out 1720. Long rides lined with clipped beech hedges lead to temples, statues, lake and a terraced theatre. Seasonal displays of snowdrops, daffodils, cowslips, irises, magnolias, rhododendrons, lilies. Wild flowers are encouraged. This was the childhood home of the late Queen Mother. Children welcome.
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    The spectacular garden at St Paul’s Walden Bury, Grade 1 listed, was laid out between 1720 and 1730, when the house was built. The same family has lived here since then. It was the birthplace and childhood home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. The formal woodland garden, covering about 60 acres, was much influenced by French tastes, and is one of the few surviving examples of gardens of this genre, based on a patte d’oie (goose foot) design. Long rides lined with clipped beech hedges lead to temples, statues, lake and ponds, and to a terraced outdoor theatre. The temple by the lake was designed by William Chambers. At the far end of the long ride opposite is another temple influenced by a design of Wyatt's. There are seasonal displays of snowdrops, daffodils, irises, magnolias, rhododendrons, woodland paeonies and lilies, shrub roses. Many of the rhododendron species from the Himalayas and SW China make an impressive sight in a good flowering year. Wild flowers are encouraged: banks of cowslips above the lake and bluebells in the woods make a beautiful show, and spotted orchids thrive. They are allowed to seed before the grass in which they grow is cut, so there is a natural look in some parts of the garden in early summer. There is plenty of space in the garden for lively children.

Features and Attractions

10 June, Open Garden combined with Open Farm Sunday with free tours of the farm.

For other opening times and information, please email or visit garden website.

St Paul's Walden Bury- Canceled

Refreshments:

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

Pre-booking essential, please go to our events page to book your tickets.

Admission by donation

Admission:
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  • Concessions:
  • Child:

On this day, this garden opens as part of .

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  • Regular opening
  • Open by arrangement only
  • Cancelled opening

This garden also makes a donation to St Paul's Walden Charity.

Owner Information

Simon & Caroline Bowes Lyon
stpaulswalden@gmail.com
http://www.stpaulswaldenbury.co.uk

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How to find us

St Paul's Walden Bury
Whitwell
Hitchin
Hertfordshire
SG4 8BP

5m S of Hitchin.
  • More detailed directions
    On B651; ½m N of Whitwell village. From London leave A1(M) J6 for Welwyn (not Welwyn Garden City). Pick up signs to Codicote, then Whitwell.
Accessibility information

Wheelchair access to part of the garden. Steep grass slopes in places.

More about St Paul's Walden Bury

The spectacular garden at St Paul’s Walden Bury, Grade 1 listed, was laid out between 1720 and 1730, when the house was built. The same family has lived here since then. It was the birthplace and childhood home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. The formal woodland garden, covering about 60 acres, was much influenced by French tastes, and is one of the few surviving examples of gardens of this genre, based on a patte d’oie (goose foot) design. Long rides lined with clipped beech hedges lead to temples, statues, lake and ponds, and to a terraced outdoor theatre. The temple by the lake was designed by William Chambers. At the far end of the long ride opposite is another temple influenced by a design of Wyatt's. There are seasonal displays of snowdrops, daffodils, irises, magnolias, rhododendrons, woodland paeonies and lilies, shrub roses. Many of the rhododendron species from the Himalayas and SW China make an impressive sight in a good flowering year. Wild flowers are encouraged: banks of cowslips above the lake and bluebells in the woods make a beautiful show, and spotted orchids thrive. They are allowed to seed before the grass in which they grow is cut, so there is a natural look in some parts of the garden in early summer. There is plenty of space in the garden for lively children.

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