Five top Lancashire gardens to visit in July
PUBLISHED: 00:14 29 June 2013
We look at five gardens to visit in July including one compared to Versailles
1. The National Garden Scheme has some horticultural gems but Winton Park is one that will stop you in your tracks, writes Carole Berryman. Here are six acres of palatial proportions with echoes of Versailles.
Its owner, Anthony Kilvington, has combined his love of plants from boyhood and his talent as an artist with vision, determination and 22 years of hard work.
Located two miles north of Kirby Stephen, in open countryside by the river Eden, it is the antithesis of the modern vogue for garden rooms. Here you find a classical landscape seamlessly transported by a ha-ha to the distant vistas.
There are great avenues of trees, statuary, soaring fountains and large ponds. There are sweeping formal herbaceous borders, woodland areas, and a garden with hundreds of roses. You will be amazed by what has been achieved.
Not far away, at Westview just off the main street in Kirkby Stephen, is Anthony’s fishing pal, Reg Metcalfe. Retired postman Reg works in Anthony’s garden but he has found time to create his own beautiful plot. His wife Irene says: ‘We have two secret gardens here and many locals are unaware of their existence’.
Westview was originally the stables of the adjacent big house and came with part of the ornamental garden and vegetable plot.
For the first 20 years after Reg and his wife Irene bought it, it was mostly ‘show’ gardening: exhibition roses and vegetables. But in the early 90s they visited the Chelsea Show. ‘That changed everything. Suddenly I wanted a garden like those I saw there – a garden full of things like box balls and swathes of hostas,’ adds Irene.
Reg has created just that in miniature.
The former vegetable garden is now used to propagate plants. Reg says ‘everything and anything’ is available for sale on open day. There are some huge plants at silly prices, but all the money raised goes to charity.
Westview (CA17 4QQ) and Winton Park (CA17 4PG) open for the NGS on Sunday July 14 from 11 am to 5 pm
2. Downham Hall, Downhall Village, near Clitheroe.
This impressive family home opens its gardens to the public on the weekend of July 27th and 28th in aid of the village hall and the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Over the two days, there will be music from Clitheroe Town Band, the Barnoldswick Brass Band and a performance by the Clitheroe Grand Choir on the Sunday.
A multitude of stalls and attractions add to the festive atmosphere and there will be classic car displays at the front of the hall and a photography exhibition of ruined historic buildings by Emma Holt as well as the chance to meet some exotic pets.
Downhall Hall is beside the parish church in the village of Downham, near Clitheroe. Set your satnav to BB7 4BJ. Entry is £4.00 and children under 12 go free. Opening hours are 2pm-4pm.
3. Foxbury, Westbourne Road, Birkdale, PR8 2HY.
A half acre suburban garden just inland from the dunes with mature pine trees and water features. Open July 7, 11-5pm.
4. The Stones & Roses Garden, White Coppice Farm, White Coppice, Chorley, PR6 9DF.
Sunken rose garden, fountains, waterfalls in a plot once occupied by cattle. Open July 13, 14 & 21, 2-5pm.
5. Waddow Lodge Garden, Clitheroe Road, Waddington, BB7 3HQ.
Beautiful organic garden with many unusual plants and stunning views to Pendle and Bowland. Open July 21, 1-5pm.