From Helmsley Walled Garden: The Garden re-opened to visitors for the 2017 season on April 1st. Sad to say that the spring display of bulbs within the grass is not as good as it has been, and that is due to several factors, the main ones being the garden visitors; in this instance the animal […]
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Mike I’Anson, the garden manager at Helmsley Walled Garden for the last eight seasons, has decided to retire and hopes to pass on his role to a new person sometime in late May/early June. Although he has loved his time in the garden, and you will hopefully have seen the changes that he has […]
Helmsley Walled Garden has come second in the “Britain’s Favourite Garden” competition, as voted by the subscribers of the LandLove publication, a magazine that celebrates all that is best about British life – country living, seasonal recipes, local traditions, gardening, places to visit, wildlife and much more. The Garden Manager said: We are so very happy […]
From Helmsley Walled Garden: Helmsley Walled Garden is now closed to visitors for the winter, but here are some ways in which we hope you will continue to support us until we open again next year. Have you ever thought about making your own Christmas front door wreath? Well, when you have the right tools […]
Helmsley Walled Garden is looking lovely in the summer sunshine, and is only just down the road. What could be nicer for an afternoon out?
2015 was a year filled with hard work and significant success for the garden team. We saw visitor numbers climb again from just over seventeen thousand to over 20,000 during the season. Our wonderful shop volunteers welcomed all these visitors along and sold increased numbers of plants and items from the shop. In the garden […]
Escape the Christmas madness for a while and take a weekend stroll in Helmsley’s lovely Walled Garden.
Saturday October 3 is Apple Day at Helmsley Walled Garden. This is a day to celebrate all things apple. You will find something for everyone including apple tasting, juicing demonstrations, advice on fruit growing and orchard tours. Why not enter an apple cake in their very own ‘Bake Off’ competition or enter your favourite chutney […]
We often blog about the delights of Helmsley Walled Garden as, simply, a garden – a lovely place to take a stroll, admire the flowers, sit by the pool and have a coffee in the café. We have paid less attention to one of its other functions, which is horticultural therapy. ‘Social and therapeutic horticulture’ […]
If summer for you means a picnic, an umbrella, and open air theatre, you are in luck because no less than four plays are on offer in Helmsley in the next few weeks. If you know of more open air theatre going on nearby, do let us know. Richard II at Helmsley Walled Garden Firstly, […]
Helmsley’s lovely Walled Garden re-opens for visitors on Wednesday April 1.
There will be stalls selling gifts, cards, cakes and produce. There is a tombola and a Grand Christmas raffle. The Vinehouse Café will be open for light refreshments and lunches and a bacon butty stand will be serving all morning. There is a bouncy castle for kids and 20% off plant sales all day. Starts […]
Helmsley Walled Garden host live theatre – 6th July. When two sets of twins and their mirror images are confused time and time again in the piratical town of Ephesus, the scene is set for farce, foolishness, frivolity and fun in a complete Comedy of Errors! This summer, the Rain or Shine Theatre Company are […]
If you haven’t taken advantage of one of the occasional days of reasonable weather to visit the Helmsley Walled Garden, think about going in the near future, because the wild flower meadow is just lovely, but won’t last much longer. The Garden’s web site says: “ As you look out from the cafe seating area, […]
As every gardener knows, compost is key to growing healthy flowers and vegetables, and the York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership is making compost bins available at cut-price rates. The bins are available in two sizes. A 220-litre bin costs £18 and a 330-litre bin costs £20. These prices include delivery of £5.49 per order. […]
Come to Helmsley’s beautiful walled garden on Saturday 18th May and take part in a Book Festival event for all the family – part of the Helmsley Festival of Writing. Activities on the day will include a World Premiere performance of Donna Iliffe-Pollard’s poem The Squizzle followed by a Q&A with the poet herself, a […]
Spring has not exactly sprung yet, so the news that the Helmsley Walled Garden has re-opend for the year is probably not going to make you rush out and visit. But the time will come when the sun shines, and it’s good to know the garden is there. And if, in the meantime, you would […]
Monica Gripaios, who runs the wonderful Vinehouse Café at the Helmsley Walled Garden, announced some time ago that she planned to retire at the end of this season, and was looking for a successor. She has now found one, in the shape of her own son, Will Mowbray, who will take over the running of […]
There is sad news coming out of Helmsley Walled Garden. In his newsletter to Friends and supporters, the Manager reports that the bad weather has had an adverse impact not only on the garden itself but also on visitor numbers, which were down by 42% on last year for the three months from April. This […]
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