Eggleston Hall Walled Nursery and Gardens lies in the heart of Teesdale, on the upper course of the river Tees.
Which means technically, living a bit further down the Tees, I could get to the gardens via rubber dingy.
But in the end I (my partner) decided it would be easier just to take the car. A 40 minute journey and we had arrived.
There’s no ticket office here. Just this, an honesty box:
At 2.50 a head it really is a steal; this place puts a lot of other public gardens to shame. We gladly popped a fiver in.
You can pick up a leaflet at the honesty box which gives detail of the garden trail that you’ve just paid for – simply follow the numbered stones. It also tells you a little about the history of the place:
It’s here you also get a glimpse into the restored Victorian greenhouses; as mentioned in the leaflet above.
There’s also a wishing pool:
Still sticking to the trail, as you carry on down the winding paths, you’ll pass more herbacious perennials, shrubs and large trees:
And inside the chapel, large, Mature Trees now grow:
What charm. It’s even nicer in early spring. This was when I last visited:
Through an archway:
You’ll reach the Nursery, which is just as wonderful as the formal areas, if on an enormous scale:
It’s in the actual walled garden, but there’s so many plant’s, you can barely see the wall until your next to it. All grown on site; all for sale. Apart from the ones that are being kept future years stock:
The wall is adorned with lots of espalier fruits:
A stream leads you back to the shop and entrance:
But firstly you’ll pass the Hosta House,
The shop area is planted beautifully:
And all kinds of wildlife ( although I’m not sure this last one really counts)
The owners of Eggleston Gardens and Nursery have generously set up a brilliant YouTube Channel; on it you can find out a lot more about the nursery , and indeed what it takes to run one. Search on Youtube ‘ Plantsmans Corner’ or ‘Eggleston gardens’ . It’s a brilliantly funny learning resource for the budding horticulturalist. You’ll learn a hell of a lot from it.