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Gresgarth Hall Caton

Six times Chelsea gold medal winner and internationally renowned Arabella Lennox-Boyd has been designing landscapes around the world for the past 40 years but this has not stopped her from developing her own glorious garden at Gresgarth Hall in Caton, Lancashire.

Arabella has been developing her own remarkable 12 acre garden for about 30 years.
Although the Hall and Gardens are privately owned visitors are very welcome to visit Arabella Lennox-Boyd’s own garden on the second Sunday of the month from February to November. The Garden includes terraces, lakes, a small bog garden, a wild garden, an extensive kitchen garden, a bluebell wood, the Arboretum with many more trees and shrubs, the Rhododendron Hills, the herbaceous borders and a serpentine walk.

Standing within the gardens of the hall it is easy to feel lost within another world far from the nearby village of Caton. The Hall itself becomes visible as you have driven down the long sweeping gravel driveway, set within a valley of fields. The Artle Beck runs through the garden, a tributary of the river Lune, which meanders gently flowing behind the Hall, dropping into a deeper gorge.

Across the impressive lawn, chickens roam free, and terraces of flowers and seasonal plants line the walkways that take you to the kitchen garden which can be found through a small wooden gate in the wall, almost like a fairy tale.The orderly and functional kitchen garden provides fruit and vegetables for the hall but at the same time is exquisitely designed, with artistic stone creations within the pathways, arches that lead you through to the beautifully designed vegetable beds and seating perfectly placed so you may sit and enjoy the sights and smells of the garden.
The valley is planted on both sides with a collection of rare and interesting trees. There are new pathways on the south-west slope of the valley and a new river viewing deck on the house side. A Chinese-style bridge that crosses the fast running beck draws the visitors to see the sculptures, classical and modern, including a folly and tufa obelisk set amongst birch trees; a serpentine walk is nearby. There are colour-themed borders, a lime walk and a circular lawn beside the lake.

Price £8 per adult, accompanied children free. No dogs. The major part of the garden can be reached by wheelchair. Teas and refreshments available.

Address / Directions:
Take the M6 to junction 34 then A683 to Caton(2 miles), turn right towards Quernmore and after half a mile you reach the entrance. – Gresgarth Hall, Caton, Lancaster, LA2 9NB

Opening Times – 11am to 5pm
Sunday 9th August 2015
Sunday 13th September 2015
Sunday 11th October
Sunday 8th November –
(Autumn Colour – 11-3pm £8.50)

See the article in the magazine here



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