If you are into beautiful gardens with a bit of history thrown in with the added bonus of a café which serves yummy food you need to be visiting Easton Walled Gardens near Grantham. Open between the beginning of March and the end of October it is well worth visiting on several different occasions throughout the summer to get the best of all the different displays of flowers. I have visited in Snowdrop Week in February when they open early especially to see the glorious sight of the gardens covered in a white blanket of flowers. I have also been in Sweet Pea Week when there is a beautiful display of my favourite flower. However you don’t have to go for the specific weeks . You can go anytime and always enjoy a wander round these amazing gardens.
The story of the gardens is a fascinating one. The site has belonged to the Cholmeley (pronounced “Chumley”) family since 1592 and was the working garden of a Manor and the pleasure grounds of a great house. In the early 20th century events such as the two World Wars contributed to the decline of many a country house and Easton Hall was one of them. After being requisitioned in the Second World War it suffered a lot of damage and in 1951 the hall was demolished. There are remains left to be seen including the Formal Gardens, the Gatehouse and the Stableyard . In 2001 Ursula Cholmeley began the arduous task of reviving the gardens which had gone to rack and ruin. She says that if she had waited another five years it would have been to late to save it. Thank goodness she and her loyal team of helpers came to the rescue. Today it is a joy to wander around and imagine how it was back in the glory days in Edwardian times when great shooting and hunting parties took place.
The river that runs through the gardens is the river Witham before it grows bigger as it wends its way towards Lincoln and then down to Boston and to the sea.
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