3. Sleightholmedale Lodge Gardens
east of Fadmoor near Helmsley
A 'random' pictorial presentation of these superb gardens
Sleightholmedale Lodge Gardens are part of the Open Garden Scheme of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) and opens a few times a year for charity
The gardens lie on a south facing slope of an ancient wooded valley between heather on the moor top and a beck running down the valley beyond the fields. Where do you start a description in this bewildering array of flowers with border of hollyhocks and daisies, roses and delphiniums, campanulas and penstemons, verbascums and lychnis in what seem like a well laid out, but somehow a delicious random arrangement of plants. With hollyhock, yellow verbascums, penstemons, lavender, Ceanothus x delileanus 'Gloire de Versailles', sea holly, Eryngium alpinum, scarlet funnels of Crocosmia 'Lucifer', clematis and the deep-pink cockades of 'Minnehaha', another rambler rose popular in Edwardian times. Drifts of gentian-blue delphiniums, globular yellow Centaurea macrocephala, orange heleniums, pink-spiked lythrum, milky-blue Campanula lactiflora and purple salvia ... etc. etc. ...!
Sleightholmedale Lodge house.
Looking down into Sleightholme Dale
The house is sometimes referred to as Sleightholme Dale Lodge
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