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The five acre garden was originally laid out at the beginning of the twentieth century, being added to and altered in the nineteen fifties. The mature trees, including Wellingtonia, cut leaved beech and the Atlantic Cedar were all planted at the end of the nineteenth century, with the Ginkgo, Stewartia and several varieties of conifers and other trees added in the nineteen fifties.

The local red sandstone walls are topped with rockeries. The planting included Roscoa. The limestone rockery near the orchard has colour most of the summer. The herbaceous borders are full of perennials and annuals with various varieties of Salvia. The pond, which is fed by a spring in the field, has a large Primula bed. The island in the middle is covered by Gunnera. This is lovely in the spring when the Mallard and Tufted ducks are nesting. There are also picnic tables near the pond.

The vegetables in the large kitchen garden are for sale when in season, the autumn Raspberries are delicious. The Salvia cuttings are brought on in the greenhouse in the winter and the Dahlia tubers stored. Other less hardy plants such as Canna are also brought in during the winter. Apricots and Nectarines grow in the greenhouse in the summer.

Fact File

Opening times: 1st March to 31st October, Monday to Friday: 10am - 4pm. Saturday 10am - 2pm.
Admission rates: Adults £7.00, children free. Groups by appointment, and special arrangements can be made for evening visits.
Facilities: Plants for Sale. All plants grown on the premises. Fruit and vegetables are available when in season. We also stock second hand garden tools and furniture.
Disabled Access: Partial wheelchair access.
Toilets: Yes.
Coach/Car Parking: Yes. Please park in the yard.
Booking Contact: Jane Pollock, Winderwath Gardens, Temple Sowerby, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2AG.
Booking Tel No: 01768 88250
Location: From the M6 (junction 40) take the A66 eastbound towards Brough, we are 4 miles from Penrith. As soon as you get onto the dual carriageway on Temple Sowerby bypass, take the left turning to Temple Sowerby & Culgaith. At t junction on old A66, turn left. Entrance 100 yards on right.

Updated: February 2024