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So last week we introduced you to Claire, our new Head Gardener, just in time for our Open Garden Day. Well we thought it might be nice to get to know her a little better and get an insight to what she has in store for the Gardens. Here’s what she had to say when we caught up with her last week…

Psst… a must read for those attending the Open Garden Day, there may be some inside info on what to look out for ;)

We’d love to know how you ended up in the beautiful world of gardening, where did it all start for you?

I used to volunteer for the local council where I grew up in Rochdale, helping to restore their public parks which had become over grown and dilapidated over the decades. I loved this so much that I decided to do a degree in horticulture. Whilst doing my degree in York, I continued to volunteer at local historic gardens, Middlethorpe Hall & Harewood House, to gain more practical experience. I then went on to work as a gardener for the National Trust.

Wow so you’ve been doing this for a while! You must have some favourites amongst the different plants and flowers?

My very favourite is Dierama (Angle’s Fishing Rod). Alas, we have none in the garden at the moment, but I’d like to plant some to gracefully sway around the pond next Spring.
My second favourite is Persicaria. We currently have Persicaria Bistorta flowering in the herbaceous borders, its abundance of marshmellowy pink pom-pom flowers are a treat at this time of year.
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Persicaria Bistorta

One of Claire’s favourites, you can find this around the pond walkways.

Looks beautiful, definitely something to look out for when visiting the Gardens. What were your first impressions on your first visit to the Hall?

Driving along the single-track road for what seemed like an age, I initially thought I was lost until I came around the corner and under the bridge, when Saltmarshe opened up in front of me. My first impression was ‘wow’. Once in the garden, I was taken aback by the timeless charm created by the Yew buttresses around the Walled Garden and the abundance of Lady’s Mantle & Roses. The borders are ‘choka’ block full of beautiful and interesting plants and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in and start clearing around the Peonies and Persicaria.

That’s so great to hear, the Gardens are something we are very proud of, and can only be enhanced by someone with your experience and knowledge. What are your short term and long term plans for the Gardens?

There were a lot of empty beds when I got started. I have been working with the garden team to fill these with existing plants in the garden and sweet pea obelisks. The team have been busy giving the hedges their end of spring prune and I will be working hard over the next month to weed and thin out the herbaceous borders. Long term, we’ll be developing the design of the herbaceous borders and establishing areas of wildflower.
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Walled Garden Pergola

Claire has filled some beds in this area, giving it a lovely pop of colour.

Ohh it’s so exciting, all sounds great and its amazing how much difference that spring prune has made to those hedges, just in time for the Open Garden Day. Are there any other highlights in the Gardens people should be looking out for?

The David Austin Roses in the Walled Garden are beginning to flower. Each one has a different scent but they all smell divine.
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David Austin Rose

Find these by the Pergola in the Walled Garden and take in their gorgeous scents!

It’s been so great getting to know a little more about you and the plans you have here in the Gardens. I’m sure you’ll get many more intrigued guests with their questions at the Open Garden Day. Finally, what advice would you give to those keen gardeners out there?

Always rake your foot prints out of the soil once you’re finished. Whether the bed is empty or full, it will look ten times better without big steel toe cap foot prints running through it!
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Thank you Claire!

Claire will be around at the Open Garden Day to show you her work and answer any of your questions.

Big thanks to Claire for sparing a few minutes for us, it was nice to get out into the Gardens 🍃🌺

We hope you join us on Sunday 16th June (yes bring the father! 😉) from 12-4pm the Gardens will be yours to enjoy. We also have a few times left if you would like a Cream Tea, Afternoon Tea or Picnic! 

 📞 Call us on 01430 434920 or

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Please feel free to add any comments below, questions for Claire or just general enquiries, we would love to hear from you!

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A Walk Around The Gardens

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A Walk Around The Gardens

Saltmarshe Hall

Come and take a walk around our interesting and picturesque gardens this summer and see what you can find!

From our walled garden, to grand herbaceous borders, sweeping lawns and tree-lined walkways, our gardens are a fabulous year-round experience for anyone who comes to visit.

Set in 17 acres of stunning Yorkshire countryside and fronted by the River Ouse, beautiful and picturesque views can be seen from all areas of the garden.

The parkland offers opportunities to explore riverside walks, ancient trees and discover hidden wildlife. For the more adventurous hiker or cyclist, we’re on the Trans-Pennine trail running from Hornsea to Southport.

 

Outdoor Weddings and Events

All of our reception rooms inside the Hall are licensed for weddings, but why not complement this with an outdoor wedding? With acres of beautiful grounds and gardens you can guarantee a unique celebration. We listen to what you want, whether having it in a serene woodland setting or under a canopy of blossom trees, letting your creative input flourish, our team then make it happen! An outdoor wedding at Saltmarshe is truly a wedding to remember. 

We don’t just host weddings in our grounds and gardens, to utilise it’s beauty as much as we can in these Summer months, we host an array of exciting and diverse events for anyone and everyone to join us and enjoy. To keep updated on what there is to offer, join our mailing list by enquiring here!

Our annual garden open day is being held this Sunday (3rd of June - see events for details); with our gardeners on standby to give tours and offer information regarding the multitude of life we have within the vicinity. This year, we have a new addition to our gardens that you might find quite interesting – carnivorous plants! We thought we’d shed some light on a couple that we found the most weird and wonderful, let us know what you think, or even come and see them yourself!

 

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The Cobra Lily

There is only one species of this fascinating plant, naturally found along mountain streamsides of North California and Oregon.
Flies are attracted to nectar on the forked 'tongue' guiding them into the lobster pot style opening into the hood. Light enters the hood through the translucent windows and the fly becomes confused and cannot find the exit. The spiral trap has rows of downward pointing hairs making the descent one way. We’ve had to be very specific in where we’ve located these in our gardens due to most of them liking a bright, cool position away from hot summer temperatures and central heating in the winter. They tend to thrive outside in a sheltered position, so we have a few places in mind!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Venus Fly Trap

We love these… Venus flytraps are carnivorous plants native to a small region of wetlands in America. They have however been introduced into other areas of the world (soon to be including Saltmarshe Hall!) and are really popular house plants too. The flytrap snaps shut and imprisons its prey when triggered by a time and touch sensitive mechanism – interesting eh?! Once the prey has been digested, the trap re-opens ready for another victim. Each individual trap on the Venus flytrap can only operate three or four times, after which it photosynthesizes like a normal leaf or dies back. The Saltmarshe gardeners are safe… They only feed on a diet of flies and small bugs. 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Sundew

Sundews are carnivorous plants with an ingenious way to catch their prey. Sundew plants have sticky pads that trap insects. The plants are also attractive, often brightly coloured rosettes. Growing sundews is common in terrariums or other warm, moist areas that mimic their natural bog habitat, in which we have adapted an area specifically for them in our gardens. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So there we are, we hope to see you for our open garden day this Sunday, if not – get in touch with us for when the next one is! 

 

Thanks for reading!

 

The Saltmarshe Team