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The Orchards

Relaxed 2 acre family garden set into a hillside, has an Arts and Crafts structure, with more recent contemporary garden design by the award winning designer, Lizzie Tulip. Subtropical zone and greenhouse further down hill, growing a range of interesting plants and edibles. Arts and Crafts terracing, stone staircase, woodland glade and giant planters are key features.

Owner Info

  • Joanne McCudden
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About The Orchards

The Orchards’ garden was originally laid out in the 1930s and you can see the extremely ambitious vision the original Arts and Crafts designers had, which appears to be an entire landscape on a 2 acre hillside. This is a family garden, self managed by the owner, so is a relaxed garden and a work in progress. The changes in the coming years will be gradual but will mean something new every year.

The garden is formed via a series of terraced sections. The top most is stone balustraded and houses the giant container garden and large seating area. The 2m high handcrafted clay planters were commissioned by the award winning garden designer, Lizzie Tulip.

The next 2 lawned terraces are the more formal aspects of the garden and Lizzie Tulip has maintained the symmetry that the original Arts and Crafts garden planting scheme would have displayed. Fastigiate bronze bay trees and cone shaped pittosporum help to form this structure around the central stone, curved staircase.

The lower lawn and largest section, houses the large modern greenhouse, subtropical zone, modern rose bed and recently planted orchard. The greenhouse is definitely worth a visit as typically has palms, peaches, melons, aubergine, tomatoes and chillis growing; amongst others. Watch out for the Bolivian cucumbers (Cyclanthera pedata) hanging from the archway to this area. Relaxing seating areas have been incorporated.

Further down the garden is the woodland, with its beautiful gladed area with round sculptural stone and oak seating. This area was also designed by Lizzie Tulip and is used for the owner’s children’s parties and bonfire night.

Location details

The Orchards,
Leeds,
West Yorkshire,
LS17 0BW

Directions to The Orchards
From Harrogate Rd, in village of Huby, turn up Crag Ln or Strait Ln. The Orchards is near the top of the hill, opp the junc to Almscliffe Dr. 8min walk from train stn.

The Orchards openings

For this open day you can book your tickets in advance. Click on the yellow button below to book or you can just turn up and pay on the day.

Refreshments Home-made teas. Cakes, tea and coffee in aid of North Rigton Primary School PTA. Square and Compass pub nearby for larger meals (please book).
Admission Adult: £5.00
Child: Free
Opening times 11:00-15:00

For this open day you can book your tickets in advance. Click on the yellow button below to book or you can just turn up and pay on the day.

Refreshments Home-made teas. Cakes, tea and coffee in aid of North Rigton Primary School PTA. Square and Compass pub nearby for larger meals (please book).
Admission Adult: £5.00
Child: Free
Opening times 11:00-15:00

Accessibility

  • The garden is built into a hillside, so tricky to navigate where mobility is restricted. Step access areas and gravel in some zones.
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FAQs

Yes, cashless payment is accepted.

Sorry, there is no available parking for coaches at The Orchards at this time.

Yes, dogs are welcome at The Orchards. Please keep the dogs on fixed short leads in the garden and keep in mind that you are responsible for controlling the dog’s behaviour. For any specific rules please ask the owners.

Yes, there are various plants offerred for sale at The Orchards, please enquire with the owners for more details.

Sorry, The Orchards does not yet accommodate wheelchair users.

The Orchards is not explicitly a wildlife garden, but you may still find various indigenous flora and fauna.