Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens--The Gardens

Like many fine estate houses, Beningbrough Hall has the typical mixture of leisure and practical gardens, along with a play area for the children. We had a special surprise since we visited in late March, 2013. More on that at the end of this post!

Entering the estate through the car park, we walked into the stable yard which has been converted into shops and a restaurant. We didn't do much shopping but we did have lunch when lunchtime rolled around. I had a pork pie with mushy peas and roasted potatoes.

Gardening stuff on sale in the stable yard

Decorative teapot (not for sale)

My lunch (mushy peas taste much better than they look)

The Walled Garden is used for leisure now but has sections demonstrating its practical use throughout the years. During World War II the lady of the house, Lady Chesterfield, vacated so that RAF men could stay in the house. RAF Linton-on-Ouse is about two miles away.

Walled Garden growing some trees

Children's activities in the garden

Getting ready for a WWII victory garden

The fountain in the middle

The garden has cold frames that were used to grow vegetables out of season. A layer of manure was put in the bottom and the glass tops provided insulation and magnified the sun's heat.

Cold frames

The walls have sheds built into them. The Potting Shed is open for visitors and displays some of the tools used, along with lots of pots.

Potting Shed entrance

Pots in the shed

Aprons in the shed

More gardening tools

Beyond the Walled Garden, various walking trails provide glimpses of nature and further activities for the children.

Herbaceous Border leading out to informal gardens

Bug hotel!

Apple sculpture

A shelter for short ones

A wooden spider!

Miss Muffett's tuffet

To keep animals from wandering in, a small ditch called a Ha-Ha borders the back of the estate. It is not very visible and we heeded the warnings to stay clear lest we fall in the ditch.

That small brick border is the edge of the Ha-Ha

Gate into the Ha-Ha

Side view of the Ha-Ha

The children's favorite part of Beningbrough's outdoors was the wilderness play area. The area isn't very large but is very fun.

Play area

L on a ladder

L on a horse

L on a swing

We visited just before Easter in 2013, so the National Trust had an Egg Trail that we followed through the gardens. We found various clues and unscrambled a word to get a chocolate egg from the Easter Bunny.

A clue by the flowers!

L collects her egg from the bunny

More of stuff just outside the house in the next post!

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