About the garden
In the Yorkshire countryside between York and Harrogate sits Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens. Discover 3.2ha (8 acres) of formal gardens including a near-1ha (2 acre) walled kitchen garden, herbaceous borders and newly designed areas. Each area shines at different times of the year, giving visitors a reason to return. Historic trees and wildlife pockets add to the year-round appeal and RHS members can visit for free any day the garden is open.
Beningbrough is not a place where time stands still; previous owners have shaped every aspect of the estate, and this continues today. Working alongside the National Trust, RHS Chelsea gold winner Andy Sturgeon has developed a long-term vision for the garden; to refresh, improve and, in some areas, reinvent the formal gardens. This began with the planting of 300,000 spring bulbs and the completion of the first new garden, the Pergola, where visitors can now sit under oak beams in the shade of white wisteria.
From spring, visitors can explore the newly created Mediterranean Garden and watch as it develops and grows. Until then, wildflowers add colour and nature to the space. The herbaceous borders give a different feel as the season progresses, from subtle pastels in the double border in early summer, through to the vibrancy and late colour in the south border. Distant views seen between Yorkshire champion trees and over the parkland offer glimpses of the river and countryside beyond.
The walled garden is the place to see how the edibles are growing, at its best around blossom and harvest time. Sample the seasonal menu in the restaurant before deciding where to explore next.
Beyond the garden, the parkland is perfect for a walk and seeking out wildlife. Footpaths take you through woodlands, carpeted with bluebells in late spring, past the historic fishponds and along the riverside.