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Thursday, 28 April 2011

Colour in the Walled Garden and Grounds at Wallington

The recent spell of good weather has ensured that the Walled Garden at Wallington will be a 'riot of colour' over the next few months. The snow and frost are a distant memory, and a few weeks of hard work by the resident gardeners and volunteers have brought the magnificent grounds and garden back to their best.

View through to Courtyard and Clock Tower.

As a volunteer at Wallington, I have been coming one day a week to work around the grounds and in the Walled Garden.
In early January, Garden Pond was completely frozen. Our time was spent clearing away snow and frost damaged trees and plants. It has been a pleasure to see the changes in the grounds and Walled Garden over the last three months.

Cut Flower Border.

The hard work planting out the borders and flower beds has resulted in a wonderful experience for all of the visitors to Wallington. The House, grounds and Walled Garden have been very busy during the Easter holidays. The Walled Garden has echoed to the sound of children's voices! Visitors to Wallington can also buy a wide range of plants. One of the suppliers of plants for the shop and those used by the Garden is Northern Ark Nursery.
With the 'wall to wall sunshine' of the last few weeks; comes the downside to gardening! Weeds come up as well as the formal planting, and grass cutting becomes one of the most important activities carried out by the gardeners and volunteers. With such large areas of grass around the House, Courtyard and in the Walled Garden it needs constant attention.


Whilst around the grounds and in the Walled Garden, National Trust staff, gardeners and volunteers get to speak to the many visitors. The Walled Garden and Conservatory here at Wallington is a popular place to visit. Some of the visitors I have spoken to come regularly and they are very appreciative of the hard work that is carried out to keep the property looking at its best.

Edwardian Conservatory and 'Hot Border'.

I really enjoy my time volunteering at Wallington, there is always something different to do and we get to work in such a wonderful garden. The recent good weather has also helped to make it a pleasure to come to Wallington. It has also enabled me to get some good photographs of this historic site and its features.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Views around the Grounds and Walled Garden - 27/04/11

Nearly the end of the Easter holidays. The good weather has continued and has enabled the property to break the record for visitor numbers over the Easter opening period. 15000 visitors came to Wallington. The grounds and Walled Garden are starting to look magnificent.

Spent the day edging the grass around the House entrance and continued along towards West Lawn.

View of Clock Tower from Courtyard.

House Entrance from East Lawn.

Conservatory and the Hot Border.

Walled Garden.

Walled Garden.

Walled Garden.

Cut Flower Border.

Walled Garden.

Walled Garden.

Border Flowers.

Walled Garden Colour.


Walled Garden.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Views around the Grounds and Walled Garden - 19/04/11

Lovely weather again today. The Walled Garden echoed to the sound of children's voices. Easter holidays in progress and the car park full with plenty of visitors. Spent the day weeding the cut flower border in the Walled Garden. Plenty of colour now to be seen in the grounds and gardens.

Border Colour.


Border Shrub.

Garden Pond.

Walled Garden Entrance.

Walled Garden.

Walled Garden.

Cut Flower Border.

Border Colour.

Edwardian Conservatory and Hot Border.


Border Colour.

Cut Flower Border.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Views around the Grounds and Walled Garden - 13/04/11

Today was spent around the main entrance and farm shop. We weeded the borders and started to plant them out with a wide range of plants. The plants put in today were supplied by Northern Ark Nursery. As well as supplying Wallington they have mail order facilities.

Address and contact details are shown below:

Northern Ark Nursery
West Road
NE65 8RA


web site

Telephone: 07967 317344

Entrance border and some of Northern Ark Nursery plants.
Throughout the course of the day we continued to weed the border and generally tidy up around the car park near to the Farm Shop. The following photographs were taken in the Walled Garden, when I first arrived:

The Walled Garden is starting to show signs of growth and colour. Grass cutting will be starting and this certainly will provide a great deal of work for the Gardeners and Volunteers.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Views around the Grounds and Walled Garden - 06/04/11

The day started off with fine rain, needed waterproofs whilst working on the borders in the car park. It started to fair up and before lunch the sun started to shine. After lunch it was wall to wall sunshine!

Car Park was full and a coach trip came in to visit both House and Walled Garden.

I took the majority of the photographs before 9.30 a.m. in the Grounds and Walled Garden.

Clock Tower from Entrance.

East Lawn and House  Entrance.

Colour after the rain!

View of Walled Garden.

Water Feature.

Path in Walled Garden.

Path in Walled Garden.

Walled Garden Conservatory.

Walled Garden.

Walled Garden.