North Yorkshire garden famous for its borders beats challengers
Newby Hall & Gardens has won the 2019 Historic Houses Garden of the Year Award in a public vote.
The announcement was made at the Historic Houses National AGM in London earlier this month and is the first time the award has been decided by an online public poll.
One-third of the vote
Newby Hall & Gardens picked up almost a third of the vote, receiving 1,982 in total and previously won the title in 1986.
Newby Hall, near Ripon, is visited by nearly 140,000 people a year and is owned by Richard and Lucinda Compton.
The gardens are filled with rare plants and shrubs in 14 ‘rooms’ as well as one of the longest double herbaceous borders in the UK, two heritage orchards and acres of woodland.
First garden to win it twice
Lucinda Compton said: “We are over the moon to win this award, particularly as the votes were cast by members of the public. To be the first garden to have won it twice makes it even more special.
“Our team of gardeners should feel very proud as they work tirelessly in all weathers to keep Newby always looking first class.”
Historic Houses director-general Ben Cowell said: “Newby Hall is one of Yorkshire’s most popular visitor attractions, and is now officially the nation’s favourite garden!
‘Evolve and adapt’
“Historic Houses’ places tend to remain lived-in, family homes, which means that they are able to evolve and adapt over time.
“We should not be surprised that Newby has become the first garden to win this prestigious award twice – the changes introduced by owners Richard and Lucinda Compton have made Newby one of the country’s finest pleasure grounds.”
The Garden of the Year Award recognises beautiful gardens with public appeal, sponsored by Christie’s auction house, has been running since 1984. It is voted for by the general public who judge the gardens based on their enjoyment.