Kiplin Hall Gardens and Pleasure Grounds
The gardens and grounds at Kiplin Hall are undergoing major restoration and a small Garden Museum has recently been opened telling the history of the gardens since the Hall was built in 1620.
Head Gardener, Chris Baker, has worked since 2010 to bring the gardens back to life. He works two days a week with a team of dedicatedvolunteers – new recruits are always welcome!
This is an exciting, slowly unfolding venture, giving a glimpse into the history of gardening, inviting future visits to see the developments unfold. In time we hope to restore the whole of this fascinating site.
The White Garden
Relax in the new White Garden and enjoy lovely views of the Hall acrossthe flower-filled beds.
Topiary frames the garden against the back-drop of the Hall and white Victorian benches complement the planting.
The Rose Garden
Climbing roses grow against the mellow, red brick walls of the Victorian library wing and lavender and roses surround the paths. All the roses growing in this peaceful garden were chosen for their relationship to old rose varieties and for their fragrance and longevity.
The 18th Century Walled Garden
There is a hot wall in the garden, where peaches and soft fruits were grown beneath moveable canopies, and greenhouses also stood close to this area.
Until 2010 the Walled Garden was laid entirely to grass, but now the paths have been recut. Some of these paths are wider to allow the passage of a donkey and cart to bring manure to the garden. The narrower paths would comfortably accommodate a man and his wheelbarrow.
Young fruit trees have been planted, and the Head Gardener has started the process of training them espalier fashion, back against the walls. Fruit trees have also been planted along the grass path leading to the iron gate, and one venerable specimen still stands amongst the saplings, having stood the test of time!
The Walled Garden, which laid fallow for many years, has new beds where vegetables are now being grown. A cutting garden is establishing, an asparagus bed, fruit trees, rhubarb and soft fruit bushes again grow in this productive space.
Produce from the Walled Garden is on sale in front of the Hall.
The Sensory Garden
Hornbeams, planted in 2011 form the entrance to the new Sensory Garden. The hornbeam hedge behind will form a screen, and the red twigged limes in front will be pleached to create a window out towards the lake. The scent of camomile and thyme, the sound of the gently blowing grasses, the palette of colours and the mixture of textures are designed to appeal to the senses. Three locally made oak benches complement the setting.
The Lakeside Walk
The mile-long path around the lake presents beautiful views back to the Hall. Wild flowers thrive beside the paths and in the shallows of the lake, which is home, or breeding ground, for many birds. Herons, swans, great cormorants, greylag and Canada geese, tufted duck, great-crested grebe, oystercatchers and lapwing are amongst the birds sighted here.
The Peninsula Wood
This area of woodland formed part of Kiplin Hall’s Georgian and Victorian pleasure grounds. The wood runs beside and through the parkland, and allowed 18th and 19th century family members, friends and guests to enjoy gentle walks through trees, ornamental and wild flowers, punctuated by lily ponds and views across the parkland.
Only one pond remains, and this had become very silted and overgrown, but much has been done to restore the area, including Victorian style planting. As this establishes the pond should again become an important feature of the Pleasure Grounds.
The winding path affords views out across the parkland to the avenue of limes planted in 1892. Shade loving plants grow in the wood, including Ruskus (butchers’ broom) Primulas, Ptarmigan Lilies, Lily of the Valley, Solomon’s Seal, Bluebells, Geronicum, red and white Currants and Snowberry, all planted to create a manmade, but naturalised covering for the woodland floor.
Along the east perimeter of the wood are the remains of a ha-ha. In the 18th and 19th centuries the family may have enjoyed uninterrupted views from the woodland, where a summer house stood, towards the Cleveland Hills.
The thousands of snowdrops and aconites that grow in the woods and around the Hall draw many people to the gardens at Kiplin each February. Their original date of planting is uncertain, but it is probable that they were introduced to the gardens in the nineteenth century. The carpets of flowers are a beautiful sight and a welcome harbinger of spring.
Snowdrops in the green, as well as aconites, are on sale during the snowdrop season.
Gardens for Fun!
Children love the gardens at Kiplin, where they can run on the lawns, have fun on the play ship, play with the traditional, wooden garden games like croquet and quoits and enjoy dipping in the woodland pond. Imaginations run free in this lovely, old garden.
Best of all, there are no extras to pay after you have bought your admission tickets (except ice creams and cakes that is!), and there are plenty of places to picnic.
Admission to the gardens and grounds only
Family (2+3) £12.75