The Garden at Marston Grange
Marston Grange is a 2 acre garden with expansive views across the battlefield of Marston Moor.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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:
- The fish pond and miniature topiary garden greets you at the front of the house. Dominated by a shelter belt of Leylandii this garden is softened with formal herb and topiary plantings, white tulips in spring, a Tulip tree and grassy lush plantings around the pond
- The Ha-Ha Garden - dry and sunny – is planted with lavender, herbs, alliums and tulips in formal layouts which blend into softer plantings of traditional cottage garden perennials including phlox and roses.
- The Walled Garden at the back of the house is planted with trees, shrubs and perennials for year round interest and structure and colour is added with seasonal annuals, bulbs and more roses
- The Summerhouse Garden is planted with trees and shrubs in wandering island beds with a touch of fun added with 12 traditional ‘Green Men’ for the children to find hiding amongst the trees and shrubs.
- The Orchard is where we grow fruit and vegetables but also a cottage garden border and a cutting garden. There are also climbing roses used to add interest to the more ancient fruit trees and there is a white beam arbour at the end of the orchard which creates a focal point from which to view the moor. A Matombo sculpture which we have named ‘Fire and Iron’ by Arthur Manyendegzo from Zimbabwe adds a central focal point to this area
- An acre of perennial wildflower meadow containing over 21 species of flower and with meandering tracks cut through in the summer is home to 2 colonies of bees and leads you back to the Education Barn and Fold Yard Garden
- The Fold Yard garden is an experiment in planting on concrete and is a garden still in development. We have begun with troughs and pots to add interest but we will be building this area over the next few years following many of the principles of roof top gardening to try to wrap the garden all the way around the house
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.