THE LAKE DISTRICT  •  CUMBRIA
Opening Times & Ticket Prices
2016 Season: 17 April - 6 October.
Open Sundays to Thursdays
(Closed on Fridays and Saturdays during the Season, except for Special Events)
The Gardens
10am - 5pm
The House
Open 12 noon - 4pm
The House will close promptly at 4pm
Admission
House & Gardens:
Adult £12.80
Child (aged 5-16) £5.00
Family £31.00 (2 Adults + 3 Children)
Gardens Only:
Adult £9.50
Child (aged 5-16) £4.00
Family £23.00 (2 Adults + 3 Children)
Free admission to the Gift Shop and Bellingham Buttery.

HERB GARDEN

Herbs have been cultivated down through the centuries for their culinary and medicinal uses. Often fragrant and of great value to bees, they help create an enchanting space to sit and take in the peaceful, timeless atmosphere.

The Herb Garden here is laid out in Levens’ recurring quartered theme of a central circle and four pathways. Bed plantings change regularly, but the central circle often holds the classic lily flowered tulip ‘White Triumphator’ in spring followed by scented pelargoniums or salvias in summer. The outer ‘quarters’ contain the golden form of mexican hyssop, Agastache ‘Golden Jubilee’.

Large wooden pyramids give structure and height, supporting the Golden Hop Humulus lupulus 'Aureus', a very strong growing herbaceous twining climber. The roses alongside the walkways are Rosa gallica 'Officinalis', the Apothecaries Rose, known and used since mediaeval times. Lavender, Sage and Parsley are used for underplantings.

Flanking and spilling out over the paths throughout is the variegated trailing Nasturtium 'Alaska', with peppery as well as pretty flowers and leaves.

Other herbs to be found here include many different varieties of mint, Sages, Marjorams, Lemon Balm, Fennel, Chives and many, many more.

Did you know?
The Topiary is mostly abstract or geometric shapes but look out for the Chess pieces - King and Queen, the Judges Wig, the Howard Lion, the Great Umbrellas, Queen Elizabeth and her Maids of Honour, a Jug of Morocco Ale and four Peacocks.