The gardens at Ordsall Hall have been designed to showcase garden elements popular throughout history and likely to have featured in the Hall’s history at some point in time.
The gardens feature a late Tudor style knot garden; a traditional 20th century allotment; Herb Garden with medieval and Tudor herbs alongside those grown today; ornamental borders containing flowers cherished by the Tudors; and an orchard of historic fruit varieties. There are also a number of stone artefacts on display challenging visitors to guess what they were.
The location of the original moat is outlined and features two wooden causeways accompanied by the artworks of ‘Swans’ and ‘Causeway Edge’ by John Kennedy. The Time Garden also features the artwork ‘Timeline’ by Lesley Fallais. Over by the allotment is ‘Horse’ by Angela Sidwell.
In 2015 we recreated a WW1 allotment as part of the First World War centenary commemorations. On the allotment we’ve grown varieties used during the war years 1914-1918 and once a month visitors will be able to meet WW1 allotmenteers in costume who will demonstrate wartime growing techniques. The allotment will be enlarged to provide more space both for traditional techniques and for showcasing possibilities for the future.
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