Enjoy the Gardens at Harewood...
In the 1840s Sir Charles Barry, the foremost architect of the day, was commissioned to make grand improvements to the House and its immediate setting. It was as part of this scheme that the Terrace Garden was created. Built below the south facade, on a piece of ground which once formed part of Brown's original slope sweeping gently down to the lake from the House, its design reflects Barry's love of Italian Renaissance architecture and is one of the great features of Harewood.
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A pleasant walk down through the West Garden leads to the Stables Courtyard and entrance to the Bird Garden. In spring, this area is covered in drifts of naturalised bulbs and in autumn the trees and shrubs provide a spectacle of rich colour. The path continues through the Bird Garden and joins the Lakeside Walk, meandering through the Woodland Garden with its venerable old oaks, beeches, yews and sweet chestnuts.
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A path from the lake leads down into part of another exotic feature of Harewood's diverse gardens, the Himalayan Garden, which was originally a sunken glade planted after the creation of the lake in the late 1770s. The most recent feature of the Himalayan Garden is the Stupa, commissioned in 2004. The Himalayan Garden was officially opened by Alan Titchmarsh in 2009.
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Continuing along the south side of the lake, the path eventually emerges from the Woodland Garden onto a spacious lawn, in the centre of which is an ancient mulberry tree. The large brick-built house is the Bothy where in Victorian times young gardeners lived whilst serving their horticultural apprenticeship. The Walled Garden itself covers about seven acres, which at the height of the Victorian period would all have been intensively cultivated with crops of fruit, vegetables and flowers. In the Kitchen Garden today, heritage varieties of vegetables are grown for use in our cafe. The orchard is full of traditional dessert and cooking apple varieties and hops grow along the walls.
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