The Old Vicarage, Whixley; A garden of delights

With the picturesque parish church on one side and views out to the old deer park on another, the Old Vicarage in Whixley, North Yorkshire is blessed with a tranquil village setting whose atmosphere continues inside the delightful garden which combines quintessential English romanticism with understated but impressive plantsmanship. Join Garden Owner, Biddy Marshall as she walks you round her garden as it begins to blossom, telling you of her sources of inspiration and her aspirations in making the garden.

A closer look…

Between the house and church is an area of peaceful formality, protected and shaded by mature trees. On the other side of the house is the walled garden extending to three quarters of an acre where, within a framework of gravel and brick paths, hedges, topiary and a spacious terrace along the house, seasonal delights unfold in seamless succession. At this time of year there are choice bulbs, narcissus, hellebores and early-flowering shrubs, later on peonies, old-fashioned shrub and climbing roses, unusual wall plants and exquisite perennial border planting are all highlights that can be enjoyed along with beckoning paths and secluded seating areas.

 

The Old Vicarage opens as part of the Whixley Gardens group in this attractive rural, yet accessible village nestling on the edge of the York Plain with beautiful historic church and Queen Anne Hall (not open). The gardens are at opposite ends of the village with good footpaths. A plantsman’s and flower arranger’s garden at Cobble Cottage, Rudgate, has views to the Hambleton Hills while close to the church, The Old Vicarage, welcomes you into its romantic embrace.

Garden Owner Biddy Marshall is something of a National Garden Scheme icon in Yorkshire. An expert gardener with encyclopaedic knowledge of the county’s gardens, she has recently stood down after more than 30 years as county organiser during which time she had the rare distinction of serving two terms of office as one of the charity’s Trustees.

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