Middlethorpe Hall is a late 17th-century country house that was built for Thomas Barlow, a prosperous master cutler, who bought the estate in a bid to establish himself as a country gentleman. Like many grand houses of the time, its style is influenced by the work of Sir Christopher Wren, especially Hampton Court Palace. Today, Middlethorpe Hall is one of the three Historic House Hotels of the National Trust.
The Hall’s 20-acre garden is credited with inspiring the career of Fanny Wilkinson, the first professional female landscape designer in Britain. In the garden are many specimen trees, including a Cedar of Lebanon on the main lawn, a mature Red Oak in the Spring Garden, and a Turkey Oak, all of which remain from the original garden. The walled Kitchen Garden has a beautiful display of flowering shrubs, herbaceous borders and herb beds. It has been planted for fruit: apples, pears, plums, peaches and greengages grow here, alongside a riot of vegetables, all used in the Hotel kitchen. Here, too, is a mellow brick Dovecote, dating back to 1681, which is now used as a wine cellar. To the west of the Kitchen Garden is the Rose Garden, its wide stone path lined with lavender. The walled White Garden is planted with flowering plants such as Agapanthus Campanulatus Albus. Middlethorpe Hall’s well established Wisteria Floribunda are in two places – 3 against the wall in the White Garden and 1 over the pergola. They vary in age between 30 and 60 years or more.
This practical skills day will include talks on theory and pest/disease prevention, tool cleaning, plus safe use of ladders (ladder work optional). Andy has been gardening at Middlethorpe Hall for over 20 years, Head Gardener since 2017
The cost of this practical skills day is £30. Please bring a packed lunch and drink. Tea/coffee will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own secateurs and loppers, but you must be prepared to sharpen and sanitize them thoroughly in the introductory session. Please bring suitable footwear, gloves and weather appropriate clothing.