York Gate Garden, Adel



York Gate is a one-acre garden tucked away behind the ancient church in Adel, on the northern outskirts of Leeds





Created by the Spencer family during the second half of the twentieth century in the Arts and Crafts style, and now owned and managed by Perennial, it is a garden of immense craftsmanship, widely recognised as one of the most innovative small gardens of the period.


York Gate was bequeathed to Perennial in 1994 so that so that it could continue to live on and be enjoyed by the garden-loving public. Perennial is the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping people working in horticulture when times get tough, providing free advice, support and financial assistance to people of all ages working in or retired from horticulture.





When Frederick Spencer bought York Gate in Adel near Leeds in 1951, it was nothing but a house surrounded by farmland







He laid down the bones of the garden, but after his death in 1963, it was his son Robin who took over the development and design.






Inspired by some of the outstanding gardens of the Arts & Crafts movement such as Hidcote, he created in just one acre, a garden which by the early eighties was regarded by many as one of the best small gardens in the world.






Like Hidcote, York Gate is divided up into a distinct number of ‘garden rooms’, using yew and beech hedges. What makes this garden exceptional is the exquisite detail Robin incorporated within each part, while using his great skill to unite them into a coherent whole through a continuous succession of vistas and focal points.








Robin died suddenly and prematurely in 1982 at the age of only forty-seven. For the next twelve years his mother, Sybil nurtured the garden. A gifted plantswoman, she continued to develop the fascinating plant collection, which remains today.







On Sybil Spencer’s death in 1994, York Gate garden was bequeathed to Perennial. A programme to develop areas in need of restoration is ongoing but the charity will continue to maintain the garden in sympathy with the Spencers’ design and in accordance with Sybil Spencer’s wish that it will continue to attract visitors for both education and pleasure.





Perennial


Perennial is the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping people working in horticulture when times get tough, providing free advice, support and financial assistance to people of all ages working in or retired from horticulture. Our national team of trained, professional Caseworkers and Debt Advisers visit people in their own homes and provide free, confidential advice and financial assistance for as long as it takes to get people back on their feet. 




I loved this little potting shed.




Tea Rooms serve sandwiches and savoury platters as well as a selection of freshly baked cakes.








Hope you have enjoyed your photo trip round the gardens, such a lovely place. 


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(All the information is from the York Gate Garden's website but the photos are mine)


OPENING TIMES

9 April – 28 September 2017

Sunday to Thursday (and Bank Holiday Mondays): 12:30 – 4:30pm

Evenings in June
Every Wednesday in June:
7th, 14th, 21st & 28th: 6:30pm – 9pm


Comments

  1. Really stunning looking place to visit, and lovely photos indeed. Greetings.

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    1. Thanks Blogoratti, it might be small compared to some places but well worth a visit and thanks for the kind comments on my photos.
      Amanda xx

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    1. Thanks Amy, each garden "room" could be done at home, plenty of Ideas, and lovely planting.
      Amanda xx

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  3. What a find - such a very beautiful garden and your photos are lovely. I love the idea of garden rooms - have been to Hidcote but not for many years. As you say, there are so many ideas there you could adapt for your own garden. I especially love the stone (mill?) wheel with the pots of succulents. It looks as though there is a hidden treasure around every corner - so enjoyed seeing the garden through your eyes.

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    1. Thanks RR, the mill stones and circles were in every part of the garden , linking each garden to one another. Where ever you stood you could see a snippet of the next garden, very well done.

      Amanda xx

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  4. Hello, it is a lovely garden. Beautiful plants and flowers. I love the stone work, gorgeous place for a walk. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

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    1. Thanks Eileen, all the stonework and pots was my favourite too.
      Amanda xx

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  5. Superb! I'm so glad these gems exist.

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    1. Thanks CT, it's so nice people have given up time to save and run the gardens for the next generation to see..
      Amanda xx

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  6. How lovely, i've never heard of this place before, another to add to the list! It sounds like Perennial is a very worthy charity. x

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    1. Thanks Pam, I did know of it but this is the first time I have been, well worth a visit, Just park at Adel church and walk through church, follow the sings...
      Amanda xx

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  7. What a fantastic place it looks, I enjoyed your photos - that's another place on the list!

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    1. Thanks Louise, you would love this place, but check opening times before you come.
      Amanda 🐰🐰

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  8. Oh Amanda ... you wrote, "Hope you have enjoyed your photo trip round the gardens, such a lovely place. "
    I did, a lovely post and it was interesting to learn about Perennial too.

    If ever I should be near this area it's on my list!

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan, have descoverd some lovely places were I live just lately, we always forget to look near home sometime.
      Amanda 🐰🐰

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  9. What a wonderful garden it looks. It's good that it is being kept as the family envisaged it. Lovely photos:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie, if you were ever over this way you would love this place...
      Amanda xx

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