Welcome to Sugnall Hall and to our world of healthy horticulture.
As seen on TV – clip from the BBC 2 programme, the Great British Garden Revival, recorded during a Plant Hunters’ Fair.
The walled garden was created 275 years ago in order to help feed the family and small army of servants living in and around Sugnall Hall. These days it still produces food for the house (now there is a new hall further away), but it also supports the Tea Room, where our jams, chutneys, soups, tarts and quiches are sold there and through the Farmers’ Market.
However the biggest change that a time-traveller would see is that the garden is now a venue for a wide range of events, including parties, weddings, country fairs and car rallies. The historic walled garden has become a living, breathing, rural business that welcomes visitors. Indeed, we welcome private and corporate events, food and plant fairs, and give talks and tours. In addition to the walled garden there are other spaces in and around the estate where we hold events, and other parts of the estate are also open, notably various walks in the woods past a series of pools.
Although we have snowdrop and bluebell walks, the season really starts after Easter when the garden pavilion goes up and the first of our plant fairs takes place. From then on, the routine is opening to the public on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays (we are in the National Garden Scheme’s Yellow Book); Saturdays are generally set aside for events (though these can be booked on other days as well), and weekdays are for group visits and our own Garden School. The garden really comes to life in May and June, and looks flourishing and exuberant in July, August and September. We are still picking apples in October, but the garden pavilion comes down that month, prior to the autumn mists, dew and drizzle.
We look forward to welcoming you to Sugnall.
Karen & David Jacques
Have a look at our What’s On section for details of forthcoming events.