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Following many months of detailed research, the Friends and staff of Oakwell Hall used the existing hard landscaping of the site and restored the gardens to the condition they would have been seen in around 1690. Come for a stroll with us and see the finished product.
We consulted original sources and researched the gardens of local houses of the time. The plants of the formal gardens are types which were used in 1690 and they have been planted in an appropriate style, leaving plenty of space between them. In 1690 each plant was enjoyed as an individual with guests viewing them as today we would enjoy the pictures in an art gallery.
Our garden contains a parterre of compartments, with topiary specimens and clipped box hedging. The patterns of the box were taken from furniture and plasterwork in the Hall and feature the lozenge design local to our area.
The hop pyramids and the trellis which runs across the garden were taken from an original source, showing designs for a "carpenter's work" from the seventeenth century. This type of decorative work was typical of the period and we have stuck to the authentic green colour for our woodwork.
Behind the trellis is our scented area, featuring splendid box headed lime trees, which were planted last year. Here we have planted fragrant herbs and authentic varieties of shrub roses which were grown at this time. Our research still continues of course and this winter we intend to plant our scented area with a variety of soft fruit, using varieties which are appropriate to the garden. They will join the heritage apple trees, already growing along the back wall.
We welcome visitors to our garden and hope they will feel that they are strolling in a garden of seventeenth century elegance.
The garden restoration also brought us Royal recognition in the form of a visit from HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York, who can be seen in some of the photos. Click on any image to get a walk through the garden.
Thanks are due to B.T.C.V. for their grant to aid the project, as well as to all who have contributed to its success. In particular we'd like to thank Beatrice Myers for all the hard work she put into this project.
If you enjoy your visit, please support us by clicking the donations button on the left.
If you have time to give and would like to be part of the Friend's Team working in the formal garden, then please contact Amanda Walker on 01924 326240 for further information.
Enjoy a virtual stroll through our restored garden using the images above. Click next/last to scroll through the image on this page, or click any image to scroll through larger versions.