On the website for Middleton Lodge you can see lots of professional photos of this new beautiful garden.
I visited two weeks ago just to see the garden and here are my photos, some in sunshine and then mostly in the rain. It’s breathtakingly beautiful.
It’s a 2 acre walled garden newly restored and newly planted for instant impact.
The gardener there called it 2 acres of produce, seasonal blooms and wildlife. The food grown there is used in the hotel restaurant and the garden is used for weddings and events.
There’s a large area of meadow, buzzing with wildlife.
The colours were mainly green with mauve, blue, purple, pink and white.
The meadow and me.
There are lots of paths and paved areas for walking and standing as well as grass paths in the meadow. Trees and paths give geometry and structure and the planting was loose and abundant.
Do visit if you’re up in the Dales. The garden belongs to the hotel so you’d need to be eating or staying there. We just had lunch and so could wander round the garden.
So what could I take away that was relevant to our london cottage garden, tiny by comparison?
Pick a limited number of plants and plant lots of them, repeated around the garden; not one of this and one of that.
Let the paving area be clear and defined – it shows off the fuzzy planted areas if there is contrast.
Oh, and get maestro Tom Stuart-Smith round to sort out your garden!
11 comments on "Tom Stuart-Smith’s new garden at Middleton Lodge Hotel Richmond, Yorkshire"
Beautiful, but what happens in the off season? Surely they don’t dig it up and next season.start anew the
Good point. I had a long chat with the gardeners and this really is a proper garden. It has so much structure, trees, grasses, shrubs, etc that it will look just as lovely in all seasons. They said they had 300 events in one year there so it must look good all year I imagine. Thankyou for your comment.
Thanks Gill, see you all on Thursday.
I think this garden is just lovely, those blue drifts of perovskia are standout. I like your idea about repetition of plants. It seems to create lots more impact.
Adam Frost gave a talk and said repetition is so important in a garden of any size – they all seem to make the same point of few plant types and repeat, repeat repeat. Thanks for your comment.
Looks like a lovely place to lunch and walk the gorgeous gardens.
Yes we were lucky to come upon it when we were up there for a few days. Thanks for your comment.
Yes it was. And so full of buzzing wildlife.
Gorgeous pictures – v inspiring for a reluctant gardener. (!)
Hello! Thanks for reading it – we did have a fab time and me being keen I stood in the pouring rain with brolly in one hand and phone taking video in the other. Xx