One of Britain’s great autobiographical gardens, The Laskett, was created in celebration of the arts by Sir Roy Strong CH and his late wife Julia Trevelyan Oman CBE. Set in the idyllic countryside of Herefordshire on the Welsh borders, The gardens – created from a bare field – were begun in 1974 and have continued to evolve ever since.
They are the creative fruit of a happy marriage between two people who were at the centre of the arts for much of the latter half of the twentieth century. In 2021, Sir Roy generously gifted the garden to Perennial, the charity providing free, confidential support, advice and information to all those in the UK who work, or have worked with, plants, trees, grass and flowers.
This truly year-round garden is always bursting with something to see and at this time of year the array of colour is just stunning. The beautiful purple-blue of Echinops bannaticus ‘Taplow Blue’, the orange, red and pink of Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Rosea’, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and Sempervivum, and the yellow of Inula magnifica, to name just a few, make an incredibly inviting scene against a topiary background.
And let’s not forget Acanthus mollis which is just coming into flower too. Did you know that acanthus leaves are featured in many stone works, a whole host of which can be seen throughout the garden? Come and see for yourself.
It’s hard to imagine life without gardens like The Laskett. Green spaces sustain, nurture and support us, but they also tell the story of the people who grow, tend, protect, design and build them. Despite the contribution their work makes to our collective wellbeing, people working with plants, trees, flowers or grass need help. Jobs in horticulture can be hard – seasonal, low paid and dependent on good health and family support. 36% more people asked Perennial for support last year, and as the only UK charity helping everyone working in or retired from horticulture and their families, the charity relies on the support of all of us who enjoy the benefits of their hard work.Visit Website
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Admission per person
Child (16 and under)
Gardeners’ World 2-for-1 Card. Payment will be taken at the garden and discounts will be applied on presentation of your 2-for-1 card. Please note the card is not transferable.
Yorkshire’s Great Houses Castles and Gardens, Family or Staff Pass. Please bring your pass with you to validate your booking.
Free guided heritage tours around the garden run during busier times.
The companion of a disabled visitor is admitted free of charge, but please be aware that the garden is difficult for visitors who are solely reliant on a wheelchair due to the narrow paths and gravel surfaces.
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