Over 250 years old, the Walled Garden remains a perfect spot for picnics and strolls among the blooms.
The Walled Garden at Newbridge dates to c.1765 when the house was extended and the naturalistic parkland was laid out. At this time, the gardens and orchard, which had been set to the east of the house, were relocated and contained within a walled garden at the rear of the house and courtyard. This removed the gardens to a contained space hidden from view and also created a sheltered microclimate favourable for growing fruits and vegetables.
The garden fed the family and the estate for three centuries, with surplus crops being sold at market. From eighteenth and nineteenth century accounts we know that the garden was rich in produce with asparagus, gooseberries, cherries, peaches and nectarines, plums, pears, cucumbers, strawberries, artichokes, white and black currants, melons, grapes and apples all grown and sold.
The current greenhouse and vinery were constructed in 1905 to plans by Messenger & Co of Loughborough, Leicestershire. They survive with bothy/stokery and underground heating systems and piping still in place.
Today visitors can see the same apples trees still producing fruit over a century later. During the summer months the garden borders are filled with flowers including the spectacular rose walk down the central axis of the garden, which is a riot of colour when in bloom!
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