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Inspired by Vita Sackville-West 60 yrs ago, the 100 metre, s-facing, walled garden is divided into a series of secret spaces. The house is clothed in wisteria, clematis and roses. A plant-led garden with massive hornbeam hedge, clipped box and lavender. A hosta courtyard. Over 50 labelled species roses, a chamomile lawn, plus a hot border. Snowdrops, crocuses and hellebores in early spring.

Sunday 26 February, Sunday 21 May, Monday 29 May, Sunday 18 June (12 - 5pm). Admission £3.50, children free. Tea.

Visitors also welcome by arrangement February to July for groups of 10+. Refreshments on request. Admission £3.50, children free. Light refreshments.

Stephen & Pepita Aris
01832 275416

Wheelchair access is possible, but paths are quite narrow.

How to find us

Jericho, 42 Market Place, Oundle, Northamptonshire, PE8 4AJ

East Jericho. From the Jericho cul-de-sac at the E end of the market place, go through facing grey door, through passage, down yard to ticket desk & garden.

More about Jericho

The Jericho garden, which lies a few yards from the centre of a lively market town, is remarkable for its tranquillity. The 100-metre, south-facing walled garden was inspired by Vita Sackville-West, the gardening writer and creator of Sissinghurst. It was designed by the present owner’s mother, over 50 years ago, as a series of 'garden rooms': a round–the-corner garden… always surprising. The house is clothed in wisteria, clematis and roses. Roses with hips are another theme borrowed from Sissinghurst: Scharlachglut (Scarlet glow) is covered with scarlet balls on a south wall. A massive hornbeam hedge screens the garden from the house, while an arch invites the visitor in, down a green alley.

Clipped box and lavender frame the herb garden and lead the eye on towards the shrubbery and the orchard. Beyond, the garden opens up to a lawn with a venerable apple tree and at the far end a pergola clothed with rambler roses. At the bottom a stand of mature trees includes a scarlet oak and a pseudo-acacia. It is a garden for all seasons. Aquilegias, foxgloves and many spring bulbs are happy here. Tall evergreen columns of Irish yew and juniper contrast with the naturalistic planting.