The Laskett Gardens
The Laskett Gardens are one of the largest private formal gardens to be laid out in England since 1945. They form an ever evolving creation over forty years of the historian, writer and diarist Sir Roy Strong and his late wife, the designer, Julia Trevelyan Oman.
Stretching over four acres, it is celebrated for the orchestration of surprise and its thrilling vistas. There are some twenty different and contrasting ‘rooms’ including a rose garden, a knot garden, an orchard, a pleached lime avenue, parterres, herbaceous borders and the Colonnade Court. Visitors will see new additions to the Gardens that include an Italianate grotto and a pond approached through a winding woodland walk.
This is the Sissinghurst of the late twentieth century, a joint creation by two people who were at the centre of the arts in England embracing theatre, opera, ballet, film, museums, exhibitions, garden design as well as writing. What makes this garden utterly unique is that its makers wove the story of their marriage and their lives into its very fabric.
Opening times: Tues 18th April to Thurs 27th July & Tues 5th to Thurs 28th September. Generally visits commence at 10.30am & 2.30pm respectively but these times can be altered if preferred.
Occasionally open at other times by special arrangement.
Admission Rates: £12.00 Includes a detailed souvenir map of the gardens & an audio guide.
Group Rates: Minimum Group Size 20 although sometimes two smaller groups can be combined.
Facilities: A small shop selling items exclusive to The Laskett Gardens. Only plants grown in the garden are sold. Recommendations of local places to eat are available. We do not have a tea room but visitors are welcome to bring their own refreshments to enjoy in the gardens.
Disabled Access: Limited but possible.
Toilets on Site: 3 unisex including disabled facilities.
Coach/Car Parking: Yes. The larger coaches can set down, collect and park nearby.
Length of Visit: 11/2 – 2 hours.
Special Events: Early evening summer openings can be made by special arrangement to include a glass of wine or Laskett Apple Juice and nibbles if required.
Booking Contact: Fiona Fyshe, The Laskett, Much Birch, Herefordshire, HR2 8HZ
Telephone: 07989 338217
Location: Just off the A49 midway between Ross-on-Wye and Hereford. Details on website