Explore the wonderful gardens around the Estate that showcase shrubs, flowers, pond life and stunning bedding displays.
The gardens around Temple Newsam House itself are a mix of period representation with the aspect to the North presenting an open grassed view towards Colton and Whitkirk Church, incorporating an amphitheatre adjacent to the courtyard. To the east a grassed area falls away from the house, forming a wide vista leading up to the main avenue, Temple and ponds, although the ponds are not visible from the house. Grouped copses of trees appear to the southerly side, typical of the landscape style of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown.
The Courtyard to the house faces east, incorporating a modest grass square and gravelled surround. The south garden represents a much more formal presentation, incorporating trained and clipped features including Laburnum arches, pleached Hornbeam, Beech, Yew and Box hedging. Small intricate beds of roses edged with box provide a loose representation of its style during the mid 1800s although the hedges and trained features obscure what would have been an open view to the South of Leeds. To the west of the house the restoration of an open lawn was completed during the recent restoration works(2002), retaining the Yew hedging planted in the mid 1980s.
The drive from the house leads naturally down towards the lower lakes, and as the path forks left towards the Sphinx gate, the visitor is guided through a well established and popular feature of Temple Newsam, the 'Rhododendron Walk'. Planted over many years from material collected by previous owners and Parks Directors, the collection although not named, includes cultivars obtained from Parceval Hall, North Yorkshire, during the period it was occupied by Sir William Milner (a renowned Rhodophile). Azalea beds provide a contrasting splash of colour to the right with specimen trees planted across the lawns representing a selection of choice species.
As the path meanders down and left passed the small lakes, beds have been introduced which offer a representation of subjects suitable for streamside planting. Across the bridge and bear right to see a modest grass and bamboo garden bordering the small lake, the path then rises towards a small flight of steps and the entrance to the Walled Garden.
The Walled Garden
The Walled Garden is certainly the largest example in Leeds and provides a stunning array of plants set in a traditional red brick boundary. Home to five of the eleven National Collections held by Leeds City Council, including Delphinium, Phlox, Aster, Chrysanthemum and Solenostemon, the gardens also present an extensive Rose Garden, originating from around 1923, and is bounded by magnificent Herbaceous Borders, some 800yards in length.
Striking seasonal bedding displays adorn the entrance borders whilst a relatively modern 'Lean-to' conservatory hosts a range of temperate plants, with rotational displays of traditional potted plants such as Calceolaria's Chrysanthemum, Spring Bulbs and Coleus. Also on display in the conservatory are what must one of the few remaining displays of zonal pelargonuims, trained to cover the full height of the wall, some 10 - 12 feet.