This year, I'm visiting a garden each month. I was looking online for a garden to visit in March when I came across information about Manor Heath Park in Halifax and I thought this would fit the bill nicely. It sits on the site of an old manor house which was demolished in 1959, but the walled garden and other features still exist.
We decided we'd have a run out to look at the walled garden. According to a sign, it was once used to grow flowers, fruit and vegetables for the Manor House, but is now used to demonstrate different types of gardening techniques of topical interest and bedding plant trials for Calderdale's parks.
I just love walled gardens, it's the brickwork with gnarled old plants growing against it that does it for me. That and the fact that my favourite children's book is The Secret Garden. I've often fantasized about finding a key and discovering it fits the door to a walled garden that's been locked away for years.
Many of the borders were quite bare, but there's lots of signs giving the names of plants in the ground, so I'm sure they'll fill out beautifully in time.
It's very well kept and there's still a huge amount of interest and things to see even this early in the year.
As well as planting in the ground, containers are used to good effect.
I'm not very good at identifying trees, but I think this one may be a corkscrew hazel as its branches are highly contorted. It's covered in catkins at the moment. There's pretty underplanting and some beautiful coloured dogwoods to the side.
Through the archway and these must be the bedding plant trials which were mentioned earlier.
There may be plants waiting to come through, but there's plenty more flowering at the moment. I'd have missed the gorgeous hellebore display if I'd visited later in the year.
There's lots of opportunity to take a seat for a few minutes of quiet contemplation.
How's this for recycling? An old boot just outside the walled garden.
As you can see, there's plenty going on inside the walled garden, but I haven't finished with Manor Heath Park just yet, I'll show you some more in Part Two.
Don't forget, if you haven't yet entered my giveaway, you've got until twelve noon on Sunday the 23rd of March 2014 to do so. Just leave a comment on The Cut Flower Patch post.
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