Late Spring at Audley End House and Gardens
Lose yourself in the grounds of this grand Jacobean house. Much has been done to restore Audley End's park and fine gardens to their former glory giving you magnificent outside spaces to explore. With ornamental buildings, magnificent trees and feature gardens like the Parterre and the Organic Kitchen Garden, you are sure to be delighted by all there is to discover.
Audley End’s Parkland
Here you will find the Elysian Garden and Robert Adam’s ornamental garden buildings, including the elegant Tea House bridge. The pastoral parkland designed by ‘Capability’ Brown includes the artificial lake, restructured from the river Cam and a 'natural' landscape style of large trees and vast grassy areas. Walk over to the lake or climb up to the Temple of Concord to admire the house from afar.
The magnificent Parterre garden is a must see for all visitors. Boasting a glorious host of seasonal blooms, this spot is a perfect place in which to relax at any time of year.
Throughout May and June the peonies and roses will delight with their full blooms and gorgeous fragrances. Look out for:
- the pale pink Rosa damascena ‘Ispahan’
- the white Rosa damascena ‘Madame Hardy’
- the purple Rosa gallica ‘Charles de Mills’
- the large, white flowered Paeonia lactiflora ‘Duchess de Nemours’
Organic Kitchen Garden
Over the last 11 years the dedicated staff in the Organic Kitchen Garden have nurtured a variety of fruit and vegetables, including 120 apple trees and 40 to 50 pear and plum varieties, as well as various other herbs, flowers and grasses in keeping with those grown and used in the house around 1880.
The Orchard House houses peaches, nectarines and apples that struggle to grow outdoors and the Vine House primarily houses grapes which, in Victorian times, would have been supplied for 10 months of the year, a testament to the incredible skill with which they were grown.
The secluded Pond Garden, adjoining the Organic Kitchen Garden, is stunning and features roses which are trained to cover the walls. Look out for:
- the creamy white Rosa ‘Felicite et Perpetue’
- the light orange flowered Rosa Gloire de Dijon’
- Clematis Montana ‘Elizabeth’
- Clematis viticella ‘Royal Velours’