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The Himalayan Garden is sublime in June…

‘Himalaya’, ‘The Abode of Snow’, the vast range of mountain peaks which arc across Central Asia, has an extraordinary diversity of flora.

Alan Titchmarsh, who opened the garden in May 2009, said “The Harewood Himalayan Garden is a hidden gem and second to none in the UK. Tell your friends!”

Harewood’s Himalayan Garden, a redevelopment of the ‘Rock Garden’ nurtured by Princess Mary and her husband the 6th Earl of Harewood in the 1930s, is this extraordinary world in miniature, a plant-hunter’s paradise.

Gardens - Himalayan Garden Bridge

With paths through a gorge and a bridge across the beck, this is somewhere for all garden-lovers to visit, with primulas, orchids, cobra lilies, blue poppies and more than 50 kinds of rhododendron.

It is also home to the Harewood Stupa, a Buddhist monument built in 2004 by monks from the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. The Stupa is the only one of its kind in the UK.

Some rare and beautiful flowers you might be lucky enough to see in this exotic Garden if you visit in June…

Iris Meadow
Primula Meadow
Cobra Lilly
Bhutan Pine
Chinese False Spikenard
Big-leaved Magnolia
Large Yellow Slipper Orchid
Blue Poppy

Enjoy the Gardens this Summer at Harewood…!

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Strawberries on the way…!

In the strawberry patch in our Walled Garden there are absolutely loads of strawberries forming!

Strawberries – fruits flowering after pollination by the bumblebees!

There are only a few flowers left to be pollinated, the rest have been and the fruits are now forming and gradually dropping under their own weight down onto the straw mulch as they swell.

We just need the sun to come out and ripen them, then you’ll be able to buy your own fresh punnet from our shop…mmm!

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Blooming Borders in the Gardens at Harewood!

As well as our traditional ‘English’ cottage garden flowers, some of our more tender exotics, such as the lovely blue salvia patens (Gentian Sage) from Mexico and the ornamental onions from central Asia are to be seen in flower now too…

Flower border in early June
Rose Constance Spry
Rose Ophelia
Rose Blairii No.2
Salvia Patens
Bearded Iris
Ornamental Onion Flower
Rose Madame Alfred Carriere
Foxglove Excelsior Hybrid
Delphiniums
Foxglove Elsie Kelsey

The borders are a must-see attraction at Harewood!

Read more about the Borders on our webpages…

Exotic Chusan palms in the Archery Border…

Our group of Chusan palms are just coming into flower in the Archery Border. You most likely won’t have seen these palms anywhere else, nor would you necessarily associate palm trees coming into flower in Yorkshire! These flower here thanks to the southerly-facing aspect and sheltered location of the Archery Border below the Terrace, it’s a real sun-trap in Summer and a nice quiet spot for relaxing with a book…

The palms look fantastic in the Archery Border here at Harewood…

They were planted in the border about twelve years ago as part of the sub-tropical replanting scheme and have since grown to more than ten feet high. They are native to central China. Another name for them is the ‘Chinese Windmill Palm’. Their scientific name is Trachycarpus fortunei, they are named after the famous (and very interesting!) Victorian plant hunter, Robert Fortune, who discovered them growing on the island of Chusan near Shanghai.

Find out more about Robert Fortune on the Plant Explorers.Com website

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Working on the Borders this Summer…

Work is in progress on the Terrace today…various flowers are currently on display in the Terrace Borders…

Pruning Rose Ophelia

Box Hedging before trimming

Flower borders in June with Ophelia Rose and Dictamus Fraxinella

Trimmed Box Hedging

Clipping the roses in the Border

Cutting the Box hedging on the Terrace Parterre

Spring bedding on the Terrace Parterre

Cutting the Parterre, trimming the Box Hedge, clipping the roses, planting the Spring bedding…it’s a busy time of year in the Gardens!

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