The Walled Garden

Winner of the Christie’s Historic Houses Association ‘Garden of the Year Award’ in 2007, the 5 acre walled garden is one of Houghton’s most popular attractions.

In 1991, the present Lord Cholmondeley set about creating a new area within the walls of the old kitchen garden as a memorial to his grandmother, Lady Sybil Cholmondeley. With help from his then head gardener, Paul Underwood, and – later – award winning designers Julian and Isabel Bannerman, the space was divided into several contrasting ‘ornamental gardens’. These include a spectacular double-sided herbaceous border, an Italian garden, a formal rose parterre (with over 150 varieties of rose), fruit and vegetable gardens, a glasshouse, a rustic temple, antique statues, fountains and contemporary art works; Jeppe Hein’s “Waterflame”, Stephen Cox’s “Flask II”, and Sir Richard Long’s “Houghton Cross” positioned on the croquet lawn.