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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

💻 Email info@saltmarshehall.com

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

A Summer of Weddings at Saltmarshe Hall

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A Summer of Weddings

At Saltmarshe Hall…

Phew! We’ve had one of the busiest and most beautiful of summers at Saltmarshe Hall.

With thanks to the sizzling weather, our brides, grooms and guests have not only been able to relax by the cool waters of our outdoor pool, but have made the most of record high temperatures, enjoying alfresco dining on our beautiful terrace. A summer of sun has also meant that the hall has hosted an abundance of outdoor ceremonies, and our flower-filled gardens have made for the perfect setting.

Shall we discover a little more about Summer weddings at Saltmarshe?

Whats new???

The Terrace

The glorious terrace at Saltmarshe Hall has a capacity for 118 seated for a wedding breakfast, meaning it’s never been easier to enjoy a day surrounded by your closest friends and family. Make the most of the summer sun as you enjoy fine dining, refreshing drinks and cocktails, created by the dedicated chefs and team at the hall.

As the evening sets in, you don't have to worry about the chill. Our terrace has heaters and sides that can be put in place, if required. Enjoy an evening of dancing and celebrations with a true Mediterranean style backdrop. A stunning ending to the perfect wedding day.

Cluskey-Smith Wedding Photography

Cluskey-Smith Wedding Photography

Outdoor Ceremonies

With the choice of two picturesque settings for an outdoor ceremony, why not make Saltmarshe Hall your choice of wedding venue?

Enjoy the intimacy of the walled garden, adorned with sweet smelling flowers or the Lime Avenue, providing a lush green canopy for your ceremony setting.

Fiona Kelly Photography

Fiona Kelly Photography

The Full Experience

During the spring and summer months, guests can experience the full outdoors. Make use of the gardens at Saltmarshe Hall by having an outdoor drinks reception, complete with lawn games and entertainment for all of the family to enjoy.

You don’t need to worry about your wedding photographs either, as the hall has many unique settings - all perfect for those precious moments together as man and wife.

Cluskey-Smith Wedding Photography

Cluskey-Smith Wedding Photography

Kind Words…

Francesca & Ben, 27/07/2018

Our outdoor ceremony was absolutely perfect and everyone commented on how different it was having both the wedding and our wedding breakfast outside. I also have to say a special thank you to the whole Saltmarshe team on the day who went above and beyond to make sure I had my dream ceremony when at times it looked like mother nature had other plans!

We had a fantastic day (my Nan even declared it the best wedding she had ever been to - high praise indeed).

So, if you’re dreaming of outdoor dining on your special day, or a ceremony inspired by nature then get do get in contact with our weddings and events team at Saltmarshe Hall. We can’t wait to hear about your wedding visions!

James Green Studio

James Green Studio