• 3 Good Reasons to visit Scampston Hall Gardens

    27th September 2016Stephanie's BlogDaniel Carruthers

    First stop was the Garden Restaurant, with floor to ceiling glazing looking out onto the gardens, for a slice of cake and a coffee.

    Finding Scampston Hall Gardens couldn’t be any easier, thanks in part to the straight Roman roads. Doing a little homework by visiting their informative website will ensure you’re well briefed on the history, concept and location of Scampston. There’s good car parking facilities close to the walled garden and a well staffed and stocked restaurant.  The concept of going  from room to room within the garden might draw comparison to trip around Ikea. Fortunately there were no signs of arguing parents, the loudest noise came from the drifts of molinia, by the thousand, catching the breeze. And no, meatballs weren’t on the menu. It’s hard to believe that it has been 17 years since the walled garden was conceived, the planting now seems as up to date as any of the gardens at this years Chelsea Flower Show.  Today the plants are firmly rooted within the old walls, mature and well established.

    Here’s 3 good reasons that you should visit Scampston :

    • 1. To admire the Planting by Piet Oudolf

    Weird and wonderful – Actaea alba


    Euphorbia Mellifera and Tetrapanax papyrifer – a fabulous jungle plant combination that is clearly hardy enough for the UK.


    Signature planting of Piet Oudolf – still looking fabulous in the transition to Autumn


    Neatly trimmed buxus centrally with sedums and grasses in the borders


    View of The Serpentine garden from ‘The Mount’.

    • 2. For Inspiration
    pear tree

    The gate to the vegetable garden looking from the cut flower garden


    The newly furnished Greenhouse at Scampston – all set ready for Spring.

    • 3. To enjoy the Landscaping by Capability Brown
    capability brown

    Of course there’s the classic landscaping of Capability Brown surrounding the Hall too.


    Majestic Spanish Sweet Chestnut set against clear blue skies

    With views straight out of a period drama  you should not leave Scampston without taking a leisurely stroll around the grounds, landscaped by Capability Brown. It’s very easy to work up an appetite for a hearty lunch at the Garden Restaurant, a perfect end to a lovely visit.