Restoration of Lincolnshire’s own ‘lost’ garden at Easton started around 15 years ago.
It was in 2001 that work began on hacking away at scrub and woodland that had reclaimed a once great 400-year-old garden.
Restoration is an ongoing process, but today Easton Walled Garden, south of Grantham, is so beautiful it deserves to be discovered by lots of plant lovers.
This reporter ‘discovered’ the garden on one of the grey-sky afternoons that have been so typical of this summer.
The journey there – it’s probably worth using a sav nav to avoid the A1 – was an easy 40-minute drive from Spalding, taking a road off the A151 to arrive at the spacious car park.
I had to be coaxed away from the delightful gift shop, garden equipment and plant sale area to begin our exploration of the gardens themselves.
Initial thoughts were that the loose surface of the path that greets visitors once they are into the gardens may not be ideal for wheelchairs and pushchairs, but in fact that was just a short section and other paths would be much easier to navigate.
The 12-acre site, on a gently rolling landscape, now includes meadows, vegetable and cottage gardens, alpine beds, roses, borders and drifts of bulbs in spring-time.
As we meandered around the gardens we were pleasantly surprised by things like wild areas among the more formal planting, a tree swing for people (of all ages!) to use and some really huge trees.
Then there were the sculptures of giraffes, the White Space Garden with its own orb sculpture, and a little bridge over the beginning of the River Witham, a river fed by springs within the park.
The estate must have been a wonderful place to live in its heyday but its beauty is still visible to visitors today in the soft stonework and ornate railings – the latest project for restoration work.
Our pleasant exploration of the gardens ended with a visit to the lovely tea room, with seating both inside and out, where homemade cakes are available.
Entry is £7/£3 child. Go to easton.co.uk to check open days.