Tuesday 17 April 2012

A day at Kelmarsh Hall

Plant stalls outside Kelmarsh Hall - an exquisite country house.
I've spent most of the day at the Heritage Gardens Event at Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire, an occasion that forms part of the RHS-led National Gardening week. My function was to be part of an RHS Panel of Experts, but as very few of the visitors seemed to need our advice, I had ample opportunity to look round the gardens adjacent to the beautiful house, built of richly-coloured local brick in the 1730s. In the Twentieth Century it was home to Nancy Lancaster, an arbiter and setter of country-house fashion in interiors and gardens and her influence is still visible in the garden. The property is now owned by a trust, which generates revenue by hosting a regular series of events, and Kelmarsh Hall is also a RHS Partner Garden, enabling free access to RHS members at certain times.

An attractive array of pots: using one variety of pansies gives great elegance.

The very productive kitchen garden.

The spacious modern greenhouse being very well used.
A splendid display of Fritillaria meleagris lines the drive.


  1. wwoow I´ve loved the litlle meadow with Fritillarias...just beautiful!!

  2. I'm visiting in a couple of weeks ! Can't wait


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