Gardens open By Arrangement in Yorkshire

If you’re looking to organise a private visit to a garden, whether it be for a local group or for friends and family, a By Arrangement can provide something a little different. In Yorkshire there’s a range of gardens available for private By Arrangement visits, find out more below.

249 Barnsley Road, Wakefield

An elevated ⅓ acre, south-facing garden with panoramic views. The garden is packed with an abundance of spring colour, created from 1000s of bulbs, perennials, shrubs and trees. Make a return visit in the summer to view a transformation, with up to 60 hanging baskets and over 150 pots, creating the ‘wow factor’ summer garden. Massive plant sale with over 100 different varieties of plants on sale. Opens for By Arrangement visits from 29th April to 27th September for groups of 15+.

74 Bents Road, Sheffield

A charming garden which has evolved over time. A meandering path leads you past specimen trees, acers in agricultural pots, a tub pond, stone troughs with dwarf conifers and mixed herbaceous planting to reveal another part of the garden which inc a glasshouse, seating areas and a wildlife pond. Opens for By Arrangement visits from 20th July to 18th August for groups of up to 40.

90 Bents Road, Sheffield

Plantswoman’s north east facing garden with many unusual and borderline hardy species. Patio with alpine troughs for year-round interest and pots of colourful tropical plants in summer. Mixed borders surround a lawn which leads to mature trees underplanted with shade-loving plants at end of garden. Front garden peaks in late summer with hot-coloured blooms. Opens for By Arrangement visits from 20th July to 18th August for groups of up to 40.

Birstwith Hall, Harrogate

Charming and varied four acre garden nestling in secluded Yorkshire dale. Formal garden and ornamental orchard, extensive lawns leading to picturesque stream and large pond. Walled garden and Victorian greenhouse. Opens for By Arrangement visits for June and July for groups of between 10 and 50.

Bridge House, Elvington

Two acre garden carved out of the River Derwent’s floodplain 40 years ago. It survives annual winter flooding of the river which can last up to 2 months. Formal rose garden, mixed borders,shrubbery, large pond surrounded by hostas and ferns. Productive kitchen garden and orchard. Various devices in kitchen garden used to keep above water level. Groups may book a talk about flooding with garden tour and lunch. Opens for By Arrangement visits from 21st May to August for groups of up to 40.

The Circles Garden, nr Wakefield

An organic and self-sustaining plantswoman’s ½ acre garden on gently sloping site overlooking fields, woods and nature reserve opposite. Designed and maintained by owner. Herbaceous, bulb and shrub plantings linked by grass and gravel paths, woodland area with mature trees, meadows, fernery, greenhouse, fruit trees, viewing terrace with pots. About 100 hellebores propagated from owner’s own plants. Opens for By Arrangement visits from April to June for groups of between 5 and 20.

Cobble Cottage, Whixley

Imaginatively designed, constantly changing, small cottage garden full of decorative architectural plants and old family favourites. Interesting water garden, containers and use of natural materials. Black and white courtyard garden and Japanese-style garden with growing willow screen. Opens for By Arrangement visits from May to July.

Daneswell House, Stamford Bridge

¾ acre secluded garden that sweeps down to the River Derwent. Tiered terraces, ponds, water feature, shrubs and borders. Teas at top of garden. Opens for By Arrangement visits for groups of up to 30.

Devonshire Mill, Pocklington

Drifts of double snowdrops, hellebores and ferns surround the historic Grade II listed watermill (not open). Explore the two acre garden with mill stream, orchards, woodland, herbaceous borders, hen run and greenhouses. The old mill pond is now a vegetable garden with raised beds and polytunnel. Over the past 30 years the owners have developed the garden on organic principles to encourage wildlife. Opens for By Arrangement visits all year.

Fawley House, nr Brough

Tiered, 2½ acre formal garden with lawns, mature trees, hedging, gravel pathways. Lavender beds, mixed shrub and hot double herbaceous borders. Apple espaliers, pears, soft fruit, produce and herb gardens. Terrace with pergola and vines. Sunken garden with white border. Further woodland area with naturalistic planting and spring bulbs. Quaker well, stream and spring with three bridges, ferns and hellebores near mill stream. Snowdrops and aconites early in year. Opens for By Arrangement visits from 16th February to 14th June for groups of between 10 and 50.

Fern House, 5 Wold Road, Driffield

Designed and developed by owners since 2019, this small garden feels spacious with over 50 varieties of fern amongst many other plants in the borders. Mixed planting is also in quirky containers and up trellises and walls. A pond, a living wall and two greenhouses, one entirely full of ferns. Seats to view different aspects of a constantly evolving garden. Opens for By Arrangement visits from May to 9th September for groups of up to 30.

Fernleigh, Sheffield

Plantswoman’s ⅓ acre cottage style suburban garden. Large variety of unusual plants set in different areas provide year-round interest. Several seats to view different aspects of garden. Auricula theatre, patio, gazebo and greenhouse. Miniature log cabin with living roof and cobbled area with unusual plants in pots. Sempervivum, alpine displays, collection of Epimedium and wildlife hotel. Opens for By Arrangement visits from April to August for groups of between 10 and 30.

Firvale Perennial Garden, nr Worksop

Interesting and unusual large allotment with 13 island beds displaying 500+ herbaceous perennials inc the National Collection of hardy euphorbias with over 100 varieties flowering between March and October. Organic vegetable garden. Refreshments, WC and plant sales at 26 Casson Drive, a small garden with mixed borders, shade and seaside garden. Opens for By Arrangement visits from April to 16th June.

Frog Hall Barn, Selby

Bee friendly flower and vegetable garden in ¾ acre around a converted threshing barn. At the front, a walled courtyard garden of perennials and annuals. To the rear the garden reaches down to water feeding the River Derwent. Borders full of cottage garden flowers selected to encourage wildlife. A small meadow, fruit trees, beehives and chickens. Kitchen garden with traditional greenhouse. Opens for By Arrangement visits from June to August.

Galehouse Barn, Selby

The Barn: A plantaholic’s informal cottage garden, created in 2015, to encourage birds and insects. Raised beds with tranquil seating area. The Farm: South facing, partly shaded varied herbaceous border. North facing exposed shaded border redeveloped 2017, ongoing for spring and autumn interest. Small experimental white garden. Raised beds for vegetables. Opens for By Arrangement visits from 22nd April to 29th September for groups of up to 15.

The Grange, Skipton

Over four acres of wonderfully varied garden set in the grounds of Victorian house (not open) with mature trees and panoramic views towards The Gateway to the Dales. The garden has been restored and expanded by the owners over the past three decades. Bountiful herbaceous borders with many unusual species, rose walk, parterre, mini-meadows and water features. Opens for By Arrangement visits for July and August for groups of 20+.

21 Great Close, Selby

A flower arranger’s garden designed and built by the owners over 50 years. Interesting trees and shrubs combine with herbaceous borders, a collection of dierama and a cutting garden. Two ponds linked by a stream lead to a summerhouse, rose and clematis pergola and colourful terrace with exotic plants and views of the countryside beyond. Opens for By Arrangement visits for July for groups of between 10 and 30.

Greencroft, Ripon

½ acre country garden with long herbaceous borders packed with colourful late summer perennials, annuals and exotics. Circular garden with views through to large wildlife pond and surrounding countryside. Ornamental features inc gazebo, temple pavilions, formal pool, stone wall with mullions, gate to pergola and a water cascade. Opens for By Arrangement visits from 15th July to 4th August for groups of 20+.

138 Greystones Road, Sheffield

This typical, small suburban plot has been developed into a lovely garden over 20 yrs. It features many trees and acers combined with stunning late tender perennials inc banana plants, Ricinus, Canna, Agapanthus, Colocasia and dahlias. Several sculptures created by the owner are displayed amongst the plants. The garden has a tropical feel with splashes of colour, mainly orange and purple. Opens for By Arrangement visits in August.

33 Heights Drive, Huddersfield

Situated on a Pennine hillside is a quirky garden overlooking the Colne Valley. The plot has been carefully designed with a flower arranger’s eye and offers many handmade bespoke features. The meandering paths draw the visitor’s eye around the garden, within a wide range of different room settings. The garden has a range of modern and quirky twists, with a wonderful nod to tradition. Opens for By Arrangement visits from April to September for groups of 15+.

Holmfield, Fridaythorpe

Informal two acre country garden on gentle south facing slope, developed from a field since 1988. Family friendly garden with mixed borders, bespoke octagonal gazebo, ‘Hobbit House’, sunken trampoline, large lawn, tennis court and hidden paths for hide and seek. Productive fruit cage, vegetable and cut flower area. Collection of Phlomis. Display of wire sculptures. Bee friendly planting. Opens for By Arrangement visits from April to June for groups of 10+.

The Jungle Garden, Sheffield

Not a traditional garden, but a fascinating mature space of specialist interest using mainly hardy exotics creating a jungle effect. Long (250ft) narrow site, densely planted with mature trees and shrubs inc many Trachycarpus, European fan palms, large bamboos, several tree ferns, mature Eucalyptus and a number of species of mature Scheffleras. The planting has a South East Asian theme. Opens for By Arrangement visits from July to 15th October for groups of up to 25.

Linden Lodge, nr Wilberfoss

A one acre garden with five acres of developing meadow, trees, pathways, hens and vegetable garden. Owner designed and constructed since 2000. Gravel paths edged with brick or lavender, many borders with unusual mixed herbaceous perennials, shrubs and feature trees. Wildlife pond, summerhouse, nursery, glasshouse and fruit cage. Orchard and woodland area. Formal garden with pond and water feature. Opens for By Arrangement visits from 1st January to 14th June for groups of between 10 and 50.

42 Main Street, Driffield

Welcoming garden. Side path bordered with mix of herbs and flowers. Main garden created since 2019 designed with wildlife in mind. Paths wind through borders of shrubs, veg, herbs, fruit, herbaceous and trees. Tibouchina granulosa, peonies, roses, Astilboides tabularis and irises. Secluded sitting area by wall covered in wisteria, wild roses and clematis greenhouse. Pots inc eucomis, abutilon ‘Kentish Belle’. Opens for By Arrangement visits from 14th June to 14th July for groups of up to 10.

Mansion Cottage, Bridlington

20 years of NGS opening. A truly hidden, private and secret garden with exuberant, packed, vibrant borders. Visitors’ book says ‘a veritable oasis’, ‘the garden is inspirational’, with a surprise around every corner. Opens for By Arrangement visits from 11th June to 9th August for groups of between 10 and 35.

115 Millhouses Lane, Sheffield

Plantswoman’s ⅓ acre south facing level cottage style garden with many choice and unusual perennials and bulbs, providing year-round colour and interest. Large collection of 60+ hostas, roses, peonies, iris and clematis with many tender and exotic plants inc aeoniums, echeverias, aloes, bananas and echiums. Seating areas around the garden. Many home-propagated plants for sale. Opens for By Arrangement visits from 4th May to 1st September for groups of up to 25.

New House Farm, Selby

Two hectares of wildlife garden, developed since 2000 by professional ecologists, incorporating wildflower meadows, mixed species shelterbelt, ponds, courtyard garden, bee-friendly border, vegetable gardens and a banana-filled subtropical glasshouse. Opens for By Arrangement visits from 2nd June to 13th September for groups of up to 20.

The Nursery, York

A former suburban commercial nursery, now an attractive and productive one acre organic, private garden. Over 100 fruit trees, many in trained form. Many different vegetables grown both outside and under cover in 20 metres greenhouse. Productive areas interspersed with informal ornamental plantings and cut flower areas to provide colour and habitat for wildlife. Opens for By Arrangement visits from May to September for groups of 12+.

The Old Priory, Everingham

Two acre rural garden. Created in 1990s to enable self-sufficiency in veg, meat, most fruit, logs and timber. Walled veg garden, polytunnel and greenhouse. Borders planted to cope with sandy loam. Garden slopes down to natural bog garden. Dove tree, variegated tulip tree and various willows. Roughly mown pathway through woodland, along ponds, lake and lightly grazed pasture. Plenty wild flora and fauna. Opens for By Arrangement visits from 21st April to June.

The Old Rectory, Beverley

Approx three acres of garden and paddock. The garden is particularly attractive from early spring until mid summer. Notable for aconites, snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils and bluebells. Later hostas, irises, lilies and roses. There is a small wildlife pond with all the usual residents inc grass snakes. Well established trees and shrubs, with new trees planted when required. Opens for By Arrangement visits from January to May for groups of up to 15.

The Old Vicarage, Whixley

The walls, house and various structures within this village garden are festooned with climbers. Mixed borders, old roses, hardy and half-hardy perennials, topiary, bulbs and many hellebores give interest all year. Gravel and old brick paths lead to hidden seating areas creating the atmosphere of a romantic English garden. Opens for By Arrangement visits from May to July.

The Orchard, Leeds

⅓ acre plantswoman’s hidden oasis. A wrap around garden of differing levels made by owners using stone found on site, planted for year-round interest. Extensive rockery, unusual fruit tree arbour, oriental style seating area and tea house, linked by grass paths, lawns and steps. Mixed perennials, hostas, ferns, shrubs, bulbs and pots amongst paved and pebbled areas. Opens for By Arrangement visits for June and July for groups of 10+.

23 The Paddock, Cottingham

A secret garden behind a small mixed frontage. Archway to themed areas within the garden inc Japanese, Mediterranean, fairy and mixed herbaceous areas with patios and lawns. Two ponds, a rill, ornamental and tree sculptures. Re-landscaped areas and new sculptures. Opens for By Arrangement visits from May to July for groups of between 8 and 15.

Pilmoor Cottages, nr Helperby

A year-round garden for rail enthusiasts and garden visitors alike. A ride on the 7¼’ gauge railway runs through two acres of gardens and gives you the opportunity to view the garden from a different perspective. The journey takes you across water, through a little woodland area, past flower filled borders, and through a tunnel behind the rockery and water cascade. 1½ acre wildflower meadow and pond. Opens for By Arrangement visits from April to September.

The Poplars, Newton upon Derwent

A plant-lover’s paradise. Over 100 different trees and shrubs around a Victorian house and barns provide structure and shelter for a succession of flowers through the seasons. Glasshouses full of tender plants that spill out into the gardens in summer. Meadow walk leads to two acre arboretum with over 200 woody species around a wildlife pond. Ceramic sculptures. Opens for By Arrangement visits from 13th May to 31st May.

Prospect House, Harrogate

One acre walled, landscaped garden with ornamental pond, pergola, large oval lawned area, cutting garden beds. Colour-themed herbaceous long border, ‘hot’ border, physic bed, woodland area. Also mature hedging, trees and seasonal interest throughout. Additional new planting areas are being established. A renovated outhouse now converted into a potting area used for garden workshops. Opens for By Arrangement visits from 8th April to 14th September for groups of 15+.

Rewela Cottage, Skewsby

Situated in a lovely quiet country village, Rewela Cottage was designed from an empty paddock, to be as labour saving as possible using unusual trees and shrubs for year-round interest. Their foliage, bark and berries enhance the well-designed structure of the garden. The garden owner now specialises in growing and selling hostas. Over 650 varieties of hostas in the garden. Opens for By Arrangement visits from May to August for groups of 10+.

The Ridings, Driffield

Secluded cottage garden with colour-themed borders surrounding neat lawns. Grass and paved paths lead to formal and informal areas through rose and clematis covered pergolas and arbours. Box hedging defines well-stocked borders with roses, herbaceous plants and trees. Seating in sun and shade offers vistas and views. Greenhouse and summerhouse. Terrace with water feature. Indoor model railway. Opens for By Arrangement visits from April to July.

Scape Lodge, Golcar

⅓ acre contemporary country garden at 1000ft in the Pennines on a steeply sloping site with far-reaching views. Gravel paths lead between mixed borders on many levels. Colour-themed informal planting sits comfortably in the landscape and gives year-round interest. Steps lead to a terraced kitchen and cutting garden. Gazebo, pond, shade garden, large collection of pots and tender plants. Opens for By Arrangement visits from 6th May to 9th June.

Skipwith Hall, Selby

Four acre walled garden of Queen Anne house (not open). Mixture of historic formal gardens in part designed by Cecil Pinsent, woodmeadow, wildflower walks and lawns. ‘No-dig’ kitchen garden with herb maze, Italian garden, collection of old-fashioned shrub roses and climbers. No dig veg, meadows, espaliered and fan trained fruit. Arboretum/woodland and a variety of specimen trees. Opens for By Arrangement visits from 27th May to 7th July for groups of between 10 and 30.

Southwood Hall, Cottingham

Explore 1½ acres of secluded grounds surrounding this historic property. Spot the Alice in Wonderland sculptures in the Secret Walled Garden around a dipping pool and fountain. Enjoy teas in the formal front garden and parterre. View extensive driveway flowerbeds. Meander through the orchard, meadow, greenhouse and raised beds and marvel at the extensive composting area! Gardens continually developing under head gardener Justin Lowe. Opens for By Arrangement visits from 15th April to September for groups of between 5 and 25.

Well House, Grafton

On the outskirts of Grafton village, nestling under a hillside with long views to the White Horse and Hambleton hills, extending to 1½ acres, this garden was begun 40 yrs ago and is constantly changing. A traditional English cottage garden, with herbaceous borders, climbing and rambling roses, and ornamental shrubs with a variety of interesting species. Gates lead to orchard with hens and ducks. Opens for By Arrangement visits from May to June for groups of between 10 and 30.

White Wynn, Ellerton

1½ acre country garden with many mature trees. Lawns and patios adjoin 60m long border, heather bed, orchard, rose garden with arbour. Vegetable beds, woodland, wildflower meadow and shade beds. Secret garden contains less usual plantings to give a tropical feel. Wildlife-friendly with two ponds, blackthorn and damson copses and stored logs providing shelter for hedgehogs and toads. Opens for By Arrangement visits from May to September for groups of between 8 and 30.

Yorke House & White Rose Cottage, Nidderdale

Award-winning English country garden in the heart of Nidderdale. A series of distinct areas flowing through two acres of ornamental garden. Colour-themed borders, natural pond and stream with delightful waterside plantings. Secluded seating areas and attractive views. Adjacent cottage has a recently developed garden designed for wheelchair access. Large collection of hostas. Orchard picnic area. Opens for By Arrangement visits from 15th June to 21st July for groups of 10+.

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