The site of the Gardens of Easton Lodge has had a fascinating history for over 1000 years and the gardens today are registered and designated as Grade II by Historic England. In 1902, Daisy, Countess of Warwick (founder of the Studley Castle Agricultural College for women) employed garden designer Harold Peto to completely redesign them. Neglected and ‘lost’ during the WWII years, new owners in the 1970s began the task of rediscovering and renovating the gardens, a task now taken on by a charitable trust. The gardens include a Peto designed Italianate sunken garden, Japanese themed glade, large walled garden, tree house and the recently discovered site of Daisy’s elephant house. Restoration continues and all details can be seen on the Trust’s website: https://www.eastonlodge.co.uk/.
The walk and talk, or presentation (depending on Covid regs) will be given by a trustee of the garden. The guided tour will include the history of the Gardens and the owner, the Countess of Warwick, and entrance to the Gardens. You will also receive with a map and brief historical notes. Overall, the visit to be at least 2.5 hours which includes time to look at the historical photographs and memorabilia in the archive room (subject to any Covid guidelines in force at the time) and tea/coffee and cake. If social distancing requirements are in place there will be a group presentation followed by a self-guided tour using the Garden guide.
The cost is £12 per member and £15 for non members which includes tea/coffee and cake. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and bring a mask.