World Topiary Day - 12 May 2021

A day to celebrate all things topiary - whether it's public or privately owned topiary, created by a skilled gardener or a budding beginner, whether you enjoy admiring your newly purchased sculpture from a deckchair or like to get your hands dirty and have a go yourself - we want to hear from you. 

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Stroll along the path in front of Levens Hall and you will find a small wooden gate leading into the Gardens. What awaits you, hidden behind the high stone wall, remains largely unchanged since the 17th century and is truly spectacular.

Dating back to the 1690s, the ten acres of Gardens retain many original features including the world’s oldest topiary gardens. This surreal and unique collection of ancient box and yew trees, in abstract or geometric shape, rises up from a beautiful display of underplanting, populated with an ever-changing array of over 30,000 bedding plants, all grown in the greenhouses onsite.

wander at leisure
Peace and tranquility
a living sculpture gallery
Levens Kitchen
Levens Kitchen

Further on, beyond the romantic old orchard and separated by the giant beech hedges, lies the magnificent herbaceous borders, amongst the finest to be found in England, as well as the first recorded ha-ha in Britain. Enjoy the beautiful wall borders, vegetable, herb, fountain and rose gardens, fine lawns, wildflower meadows and willow labyrinth, and see how generations of owners and gardeners have added contemporary design within an historic framework.

gardeners at work

The gardeners can always be found busy at work, and are always happy to stop and chat, and answer any questions you may have.  Towards the end of the season, you can watch them clip the topiary - an impressive, but mammoth six-month long task.

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