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Garden Inspiration

Topiary trim

Trimming the Topiary

Every year the topiary yew hedges at Grimsthorpe receive their annual trim. This is a really long job! Setting up the ladders, spraying the hedge with water (it makes the leaves easier to cut and provides a much sharper finish) and then taking care to avoid cropping the wrong bits. It’s a real work of art. Here you can see…

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Judas Tree

Tree of the Week

Cercis siliquastrum   The ‘Judas Tree’ The generic name, Cercis, comes from the Greek ‘Kerkis’, a weaver’s shuttle, which Theophrastus likened the tree’s flattened woody fruits to. Its specific name refers to the prominent seedpods – ‘siliqua’ in latin. It is alleged to be the type of tree from which Judas Iscariot hanged himself but it could be that the…

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Old Apple Tree

Holiday Tree of the Week

It’s great to see masses of apple blossom on the trees and this old example of an espaliered apple tree looks sure to produce a bumper crop of juicy apples this autumn. It is thought that the Romans started training their trees in this way to make harvesting easier. It also makes the tree look attractive too. Sometimes you will…

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medlar tree

Tree of the Week

Medlar and Quince in the kitchen garden   Trees are very important to us at Grimsthorpe. There are hundreds of acres of woodland, some containing magnificent old oaks plus trees that are grown for timber and firewood. Avenues of trees form essential landscape features and other fine specimens sit proudly on their own in the park. We will post pictures…

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Season Ticket News

The Park opens for the 2015 season on Thursday 2nd April. Now is a great time to buy a Season Ticket  from the Grimsthorpe website. We have joined forces with established ticket sellers Tyg tickets to offer our visitors a quick, safe and easy way to buy. Just click on the link to our special page and follow the instructions….

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