Out There: Joys of Spring

Gresgarth Hall.
Gresgarth Hall.

Spring has well and truly sprung.

We’re all enjoying longer days and have even been having a bit of spring sunshine.

One of the best places to experience the joys of spring is the Lune Valley.

I am lucky enough to live in Caton near Gresgarth Hall. The hall is home to internationally renowned garden designer Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd. It was recently open to the public and my husband Mark took the photographs on this page.

I’ve been off work for four weeks following an operation but I did manage to have a look at the gardens. It was like stepping into a secret paradise. The gardens were immaculate and even in the rain they looked incredibly beautiful.

Gresgarth’s gardens will be open to the public again on Sunday, March 10, from 11am to 3.30pm. It will be a hellebore and spring bulbs event with David and Gail Sheals from Summerdale House.

They will give an informal talk about their plants at 2.30pm and will also have a wide selection of interesting plants for sale. Tickets will be available at the door and cost £8.50.

This includes a mug of hot chocolate. For further information, contact Christina Hemmet on 020 7931 9995.

As it was nearly Valentine’s Day Mark (aka Sparky) bought me a hamamelis plant for our back garden. If it ever looks anything like the ones at Gresgarth Hall I will be highly delighted.

Ingrid Kent