Martson Grange Gardens

The Garden at Marston Grange

Marston Grange is a 2 acre garden with expansive views across the battlefield of Marston Moor.  The Garden

The garden is designed to blend into the arable landscape surrounding it and is planted with many native and wild flower species to provide habitat and food for bees, birds, bats and butterflies all year round.

Hidden amongst the more formal beds you will find secluded corners for bird feeding, a bug hotel to encourage hibernating insects, bee hives in the meadow and areas left for nettles under the hedges for butterflies to feed and lay their eggs as well as piles of old wood to enable the wildlife to find a home in our garden. 

The garden was begun by Mrs Margaret Smakman and David Smakman who were responsible for the mature trees and shrubs which have created the basic structure of the garden. 

In more recent years perennial colour and wild flower plantings have been added.

The garden can be booked for group visits of 10 people or more for an entry charge fee of £5.00 per head.  This includes a guided tour of the gardens and for a small additional charge you can finish your visit with your choice of refreshments in the Education Barn or you can savour the visit further by opting to have lunch with us.

Talks about particular aspects of the garden including the making of the garden, how to create a wildflower meadow or how to grow cut flowers for the home can also be arranged in addition to the guided tour for an additional charge of £40.  Please contact us to discuss your requirements or complete the attached PDF Booking Enquiry Form and return it to

You can find out about our events by going to our Events Diary.

The colour begins with tree blossoms and daffodils, crocus and snowdrops naturalised in the grass areas of the garden. This gently blends into the spring flush of aquilegia, pulmonaria, and hellebore before the tulip troughs and pots burst into colour and are closely followed by the main flowering of the walled garden and meadow in May – June. The colours then gradually transition from the muted pinks, whites and mauves of early summer into the yellows, purples and reds of late summer/early autumn. The flower, fruit and vegetable harvests of the orchard and the autumn leaf display in the summer house garden complete the seasonal cycle of colour before we pass into the monochrome of winter.

There are seven principle areas of interest in the garden:Summer House Garden

The gardens are open for charity under the National Garden Scheme every year. Visit the NGS website to find out dates and details for this year.

There are seats placed around the garden from which to enjoy the view and the garden itself and lunch can be served in the Roundhouse and Bygones Barn on a sunny day.

You can see more images of the garden throughout the seasons by going to our Image Gallery or keep up to date with us on Facebook.