The gardens of Barlaston Hall were open to the public for the first time over the weekend of May 12-13 under the National Open Garden Scheme.
Local volunteers assisted with providing drinks and refreshments. Over several years, hall owners Carol and James Hall have had the 3½ acre garden painstakingly reclaimed from layers of bramble and ivy.
“We called it ‘The Lost Gardens of Barlaston’,” Carol told the Gazette.
“Our gardeners, Barry Fisher and team have done such an outstanding job that we were keen to share the results with a wider public and raise money for good causes as well.”
To one side of the house, the garden contains a double herbaceous border and a woodland walk underplanted with bluebells, hellebores and a fernery. On the other side, a walled vegetable garden leads to a wildflower meadow. The lawned terrace behind the 18th Palladian mansion gives open views of the Trent Valley.