Helmingham Hall wins Garden of the Year Award

Suffolk’s beautiful moated manor Helmingham Hall has won the 2017 Historic Houses Association (HHA) Garden of the Year Award, sponsored by Christie’s.

Helmingham Hall, Suffolk. Credit: www.smdphotography.co.uk

The exquisite Grade I listed Helmingham Hall in Suffolk. Credit: www.smdphotography.co.uk

Owned by the Tollemache family for over 500 years, the exquisite Grade I listed Helmingham Hall in Suffolk has long been renowned for its beautiful and tranquil gardens, which are today lovingly tended to and under the direction of landscape designer and gardener Lady Alexandra Tollemache, known as Xa.

Lord Timothy and Lady Alexandra Tollemache. Credit: www.smdphotography.co.uk

Lord Timothy and Lady Alexandra Tollemache. Credit: www.smdphotography.co.uk

Since the award’s inauguration in 1984, many stately homes have won the HHA Garden of the Year award including Castle Howard in North Yorkshire, Hever Castle in Kent and Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.

Arriving at Helmingham Hall, guests are first greeted by the moated red manor house complete with two drawbridges that are both still raised each evening.

The gardens themselves are slightly more tucked away; the walled kitchen garden, restored in 1986, is surrounded by double herbaceous borders in cruciform style and includes beds overflowing with sweet peas, runner beans and gourds. Other gardens include The Parterre and Hybrid Musk Garden on the west side of the house that include box hedging and two round beds seasonally planted with wallflowers and white cosmos, and beyond this The Rose Garden where you might see David Austin roses blooming among fuchsias and hibiscus. Not to be missed include the apple tree walk, which blossoms in May, the wild flower garden and orchard, and the deer park with large herds of both fallow and red deer that have called Helmingham Hall home for hundreds of years.

Helmingham Hall gardens are open to the public now until 17 September 2017. For more information, visit: www.helmingham.com

Here are a few images of the beautiful gardens:

Yew domes lead to the different gardens

The border gardens with moat surrounding on one side. Credit: www.smdphotography.co.uk

Helmingham Hall. Credit: www.smdphotography.co.uk

The Walled Kitchen Garden, Helmingham Hall

The Walled Kitchen Garden, Helmingham Hall. Credit: www.smdphotography.co.uk

Helmingham Hall. Credit: www.smdphotography.co.uk

One of the bridges joining the gardens at Helmingham Hall

One of the bridges joining the gardens at Helmingham Hal

Helmingham Hall. Credit: www.smdphotography.co.uk

The Knot Garden at Helmingham Hall

The Knot Garden at Helmingham Hall, Suffolk. Credit: www.smdphotography.co.uk

Helmingham Hall, Suffolk. Credit: www.smdphotography.co.uk

Herb garden at Helmingham Hall

Herb garden at Helmingham Hall. Credit: www.smdphotography.co.uk

Helmingham Hall. Credit: www.smdphotography.co.uk

The deer park at Helmingham Hall

The deer park at Helmingham Hall. Credit: www.smdphotography.co.uk

Helmingham Hall. Credit: www.smdphotography.co.uk

 

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Written by Heidi Finnane // 8th May 2017

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