The present layout of the grounds dates from the 1790s, though the planting has been altered over the past two centuries. The gardens consist of a walled garden, pinetum, wooded areas, formal lawns and a large kitchen garden.
Please note that dogs are allowed in the Grounds as long as they are kept on the lead at all times.
The walled garden at Belmont is situated behind the clock tower and can be accessed from the pinetum or the courtyard. Its long borders contain a wide variety of plants both annual and perennial. The combination of these borders with climbers, a more formal rose bed and walls covered with wisteria ensures there is interest throughout the year.
Next to the walled garden, the pinetum contains a variety of trees (Blue Atlas Cedar, Mexican White Pine, Brewer Spruce and Coast Redwood amongst others), planted by successive Harris generations to commemorate various family events. The pinetum is also the site of a charming Victorian Shell Grotto which contains fine examples of fossilised Ammonites.
The large walled Kitchen Garden across the drive from the house was restored in 2001 to a design by the renowned Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd. It features a charming mix of lawn, fruit trees and shrubs, as well as a wide variety of vegetables and flowers. The garden is approached through a nuttery and provides a view through pergolas to a sundial, surrounded by a semi-circle of pleached Pyrus Chanticleer. The sundial dates from the construction of the house (1790). The impressive Victorian greenhouse welcomes visitors to wander through. Head Gardener Graeme Watts was closely involved in the restoration of the kitchen garden ‘From dereliction to a timeless abundance of produce and colours in 18 months was quite a challenge!’. Graeme is often available for gardening advice.
Plants and produces from the Kitchen Garden are available for sale in accordance with the seasons.
The Head Gardener, Graeme Watts, is available for Garden Tours see also under the events page for 'open' tours with the Head Gardner. Please also contact the Administrator for details.
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