Inspiring Yorkshire Gardens

So much of the inspiration for my products comes from the natural world.  Whether it be colours, scents, paintings or illustrations, nature plays a huge part in my design process.

Here are some of my favourite Yorkshire gardens to visit.  I hope they inspire you in lots of new ways too!


Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park

Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park

An open air gallery, the planting and landscaping at the Himalayan Garden & Sculpture park has all been designed to showcase a series of over 80 unique sculptures.  Breathtaking to walk around, the garden features a Himalayan shelter, pagoda, decorative bridges and a contemplation circle as well as being home to the North’s largest collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias.  Take some time out to contemplate and reflect as you soak up the beauty and tranquility of nature.


RHS Harlow Carr Harrogate

Photo by RHS | Lee Beel

RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate

Situated on the ancient Royal hunting ground of Knaresborough Forest and at one time site of a spa hotel and bath house, the gardens at Harlow Carr were originally developed by the Northern Horticultural Society with a particular interest in growing plants for the northern climate. After merging with the RHS, the site has been further developed to include a teaching garden, woodland regeneration, an alpine house and stunning willow sculptures in the annuals meadow.  Beautiful to visit in any season, the icing on the cake is finishing your day with a visit to the Betty's cafe on site.


Newby Hall & Gardens

Newby Hall & Gardens

This pictured herbaceous border at Newby Hall is a delight to walk along. Satisfying my need for symmetry, the 172m long double border features the beautiful Hall at one end and the river Ure at the bottom. A haven for butterflies, bees and dragonflies, it is the perfect spot for artistic inspiration too.  Another favourite area of mine is the water garden, where a manmade stream follows the natural contours of a downward slope into a large pool. Here you might spot irises, ornamental rhubarb and an abundant display of primulas in springtime. There are so many different areas of the garden to choose from, as well as adventure play areas, lakes and a miniature railway for the family, I would recommend several visits to really enjoy the extent of what is on offer.


Helmsley Walled Garden Monarda On Parade

Helmsley Walled Garden

Set in the North Yorkshire Moors this beautiful garden is not only inspiring, but rewarding too.  Helmsley Walled Garden supports vulnerable adults through horticultural therapy, so just by visiting you are doing your bit to help.  Originally designed to provide vegetables, fruit and flowers to the Feversham family at Duncombe Park, local lady Alison Ticehurst decided to restore the garden with the ethos that it should be somewhere where people can tap into the healing power of horticulture. The perfect spot to sit awhile and enjoy the peace, whilst viewing a beautiful display of flowers.


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