Once a year Beningbrough, nestled in the North Yorkshire countryside between York and Harrogate, holds its popular spring plant sale providing the perfect opportunity to buy plants; many of which are propagated here at Beningbrough by the National Trust gardening team.
Imagine being able to take a little bit of Beningbrough home with you. Some favourites from the Walled Garden will be available, including the popular Japanese wineberry and majestic Iris ‘Rajah’ along with a number of herbaceous perennials and shrubs from the borders that will add a burst of seasonal colour to your own plot.
This year’s sale will take place at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May, from 10.30am – 4pm. For those of you who’ve visited Beningbrough and enjoyed wandering its beautiful gardens, or those yet to visit but are always on the lookout for that ‘special’ plant, then the annual spring sale is most definitely for you. It’s the ideal chance to buy peat free plants and shrubs right here in these stunning gardens and to ask the garden team, who’ve carefully tended for them, your burning, green-fingered questions.
Beningbrough Hall’s Head Gardener, Sam Shipman adds “It’s a wonderful opportunity to buy environmentally friendly plants for your own garden and help maintain Beningbrough Hall’s gardens for generations to come”.
Plants are sold in the Stables Shop all year round, but this sale offers the chance for discerning gardeners to buy something special that the team has cared for over the winter months in the nursery. With prices starting at £2.50 you can afford to experiment with something unusual… basil mint, strawberry mint or even chocolate mint – you really can smell the difference.
While you’re visiting, make sure you wander through the wonderful gardens and parkland for inspiration. The new Pergola is taking shape following last year’s planting of the white wisteria, shrubs and box hedges. The early flowering peony ‘Claire de Lune’ and deep purple of iris ‘Sable’ are looking particularly attractive right now. The hot weather at Easter has brought our herbaceous borders out a little earlier than usual, and the new walk in the parkland is bedding down into a popular and well-trodden path for both visitors and wildlife alike.
Open this weekend 10.30am – 5pm, normal admission charges apply to access the plant sale. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/beningbrough for full details.