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Perennial’s York Gate garden revamp

Sunken Garden Overview. Picture; Perennial
Sunken Garden Overview. Picture; Perennial

New sunken garden, cafe, heritage centre and gift shop

A new Mediterranean sunken garden will be opened at York Gate, horticultural charity Perennial’s garden in Adel, North Leeds when it reopens for the new season on April 22.

Other additions include a new cafe, sun terrace, gift shop, plus a plant and heritage centre dedicated to the Spencer family who bequeathed the garden to the charity.

York Gate is designed in the Arts & Crafts style as a series of beautifully crafted outdoor rooms, created by the Spencer family during the 20th century.

The new Mediterranean garden to the front of the house was created by award-winning landscape architect Alistair Baldwin and York Gate head gardener Ben Preston.

Andalusian vibe

Mature olives trees and pines and local sandstone boulders create the feeling of a derelict olive grove in Andalusia. The south-facing slope will be planted with drought-tolerant perennials and shrubs.

In spring, irises and narcissus will be followed by dainty species tulips. Hardy Aloes, Agave and Euphorbia will be dotted between feathery European grasses, as well as Kniphofia, Eryngium and Agapanthus by midsummer.

PerennialOverlooking the new garden, the cafe and sun terrace will be open all year, with a menu focusing on wholesome homemade food promoting local produce.

The new facilities also include a larger plant centre, with a wide range of plants including those grown on-site by the garden team. The gift shop has a range of goodies for the home and garden.

York Gate has a traditional wildflower meadow where visitors can enjoy a picnic. Mown paths are interspersed with winter flowering fruit trees surrounded by the ancient Adel woods.

‘Wonderful new additions’

Peter Newman, Perennial chief executive said: “The York Gate team has been working hard over the winter to build these wonderful new additions to the garden.

“The new sunken garden creates a dramatic entry to York Gate and together with the other new developments will make the visitor experience even more memorable.

“Our gardens are also a great way for people to learn more about the work of Perennial and how we help build better lives for people in horticulture.”

Established in 1839, Perennial is the only charity dedicated to helping everyone in the horticultural industry and their families and receives no support from the government.

Any profits generated help Perennial provide free and confidential advice, support and financial assistance to all those who work in or are retired from horticulture.

Essential information

  • Garden and gift shop opening times: April 22-November 1, Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-4.30pm.
  • Cafe opening times: all year from April 1, Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm.
  • Address: Back Church Lane, Adel, Leeds, LS16 8DW. Tel: 0113 267 8240.
  • To find out more, visit www.yorkgate.org.uk.

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