Garden Tours with Lady Deirdre & Head Gardener Giles Gilbey.
Whilst not extensive, the gardens with the berm at Markenfield Hall are truly stunning. Originally designed by Cotswold-based designer Neil Hewartson, and now maintained and built upon by Giles Gilbey, they have slowly matured since the 1980s restoration and are now a worthy backdrop to the Hall.
Newly planted, the Gatehouse Gardens – the borders either side of the drawbridge – were stripped over winter 2014/15 and are now being re-planted to a design devised by Giles. They will soon provide a worthy welcome to the Hall with a mixture of cottage garden favourites and a touch of the exotic with Mediterranean apricot trees espaliered across the curtain walls.
Join the Hall’s Owner Lady Deirdre Curteis as she introduces her garden and the planting she has overseen for the past 35 years, and Head Gardener Giles Gilbey who has overseen her vision.
Both gardens and woodland are outside the farm tenancy, and neither is open to the public – even when the Hall is. So – welcome to this most special of tours!
Starting in the Hall’s car park, before moving on to the Gatehouse Gardens and finally to the gardens at the rear of the Hall, the tour will last a little under hour. Elderflower and cake will then be served moat-side when Giles will be available to answer any questions you may have.
Please bring sensible shoes, waterproofs, suntan lotion, insect repellent, Kendal mintcake… anything you would normally take on a walk in the countryside! The going isn’t tough, but neither is it paved.
To be confirmed