Walled Garden & Edwardian Glasshouse

A view of the walled garden from the entrance

A view of the walled garden from the entrance (Photo credit: Burton Manor Gardens Facebook Page)

Walled Garden

The walled garden is part of heritage restoration project, which was recently completed at Burton Manor. A team of gardeners once provided for the house’s needs throughout the year by growing fruit, vegetables, herbs, decorative and medicinal plants in the walled garden. The garden you see today is managed and developed by a dedicated team of volunteers acknowledging traditional techniques and practices. You’ll find a range of vegetables and soft fruits growing here – all grown pesticide free. The produce is also available to buy on a market stall just outside the stables.

The Flower Garden and Fernery

The flower garden is a traditional Edwardian design, exhibiting a number of perennial and herbaceous plants and favourites such as sweet peas. The fernery is another attempt to show a style of growing, much loved by the Edwardians, where green spore-bearing ferns grow in cool woodland situations.

The Sensory Garden

The sensory garden contains a display of colourful plants for the visually impaired with a range of herbs having scented foliage together with some traditional old herbs, such as woad. Two of these raised beds have recently been assigned to the local branch of the Stroke Association for use by their disabled members. We are also assisted in the garden by young people with learning difficulties.

Auricula Theatre

Auricula Theatres in one form or another have featured in gardens since the early 18th century. They became popular in the form shown in walled garden in the mid 19th century. This Auricula Theatre is based on the one at Caulke Abbey in Derbyshire, which was built around 1830. A similar theatre can also be viewed at the Botanical Gardens of Wales near Swansea. The aim of such structures was to display the amazing variety of auriculas that were available (also known as primulas) and give protection against adverse weather conditions. A trip to see an Auricula Theatre was once extremely popular amongst Victorian gardeners. A photo of the Auricula Theatre is shown on the Links page.

The recently restored Edwardian glasshouse

The recently restored Edwardian glasshouse (Photo credit: Steven Markham)

Edwardian Glasshouse

Restoration of the freestanding Foster and Pearson pre-fabricated Glasshouse with its distinctive ironwork and winding mechanism was completed thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2011 and the efforts of our team of volunteers. The glasshouse was an important part of the estate. It enabled plants to be nurtured before they were planted in the garden. Because of its controlled climate, the glasshouse not only provided protection for plants, but enabled species that were used to a hotter climate to be grown – a popular thing in 19th and early 20th century society especially. Much of what was grown in our glasshouse eventually ended up in the manor house as decoration or on a plate!

Outdoor Classroom and Giant Chess Set

On very hot days we know that the temperature in the glasshouse will be too high, so we have constructed a paved area for classes, which can be also be used as a giant chess board! The giant chess and draught pieces were purchased through a grant obtained by local councillor Kay Loch.