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Top Topiary day out at Levens Hall and Gardens

Levens Hall and Gardens, near Kendal in Cumbria

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Top Topiary day out at Levens Hall and Gardens

The world’s oldest topiary garden, Levens Hall and Gardens, near Kendal in Cumbria, is celebrating its third World Topiary Day on Sunday May 14, 2023.

The attraction is offering visitors a day out with gardening inspiration, the unveiling of a specially created topiary-inspired dress, topiary-themed activities and even the chance to see a yew originally planted by King Charles III.

The Cumbrian-based gardens, whose Topiary Garden was founded in 1694 by the first head gardener, Monsieur Guillaume Beaumont, will be enticing visitors to the Lake District, with three special topiary themed tours, unavailable during the rest of the year.

Led by the 11th head gardener, Chris Crowder, at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, these ‘Talking Topiary’ tours will help visitors learn more about the amazing topiary pieces within the Topiary Garden, whether shaped to support a particular theme or eye-catching geometric pieces in golden yew. With some topiary over 300 years old, and other trees well over 150 years of age, there is much history to impart.  Walking into a garden often described as the Wonderland which Alice stumbled upon, there are also some real characters to discover, whether it’s the Great Umbrella Tree, Queen Elizabeth I and her maids of honour, the Judge’s Wig or Darth Vader!

Visitors will also be free to explore the rest of the gardens, which include the beautiful Fountain Garden, the Orchard, the Pastel and Red Borders, the Bowling Green, the Herb Garden, the Beech Circle and the Labyrinth.  Don’t forget to also look out for England’s oldest ha-ha! The European Boxwood and Topiary Society (EBTS) will be on hand to give some table-top topiary demonstrations, imparting lots of knowledge about topiary and how best to get started, or keep specimens in tip-top condition.

Textile student from UCLan, Hex Gregson, will be unveiling a beautiful Regency-style dress, which she has created especially for the occasion. Featuring a topiary-inspired design, based on sketches she made in the Levens Hall and Gardens topiary garden, this will be a real show-stopper. Meanwhile, the Levens Hall and Gardens shop will have plenty of topiary-themed items to purchase as souvenirs and a range of award-winning, topiary-themed food and drink can also be enjoyed in the contemporary café, Levens Kitchen.

Head to www.levenshall.co.uk for ticket prices and more details

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