Chris Beardshaw

After Chris used Wollerton to film his Chelsea Introduction on BBC2, we were delighted to see his article on Shropshire in the August Edition of English Country Garden.  Apart from the reference to ‘ world-class’ Chris went on to say ‘On my first visit, I had enthused to the owners that I thought it was the best garden that I had ever visited.’  As that was 10 years ago, this gives us encouragement that with Andrew Humphris’ considerable help we are maintaining standards.

Clay Perry

This world-class photographer visited the garden in July 2014 and some of his photographs will be used to refresh this website.  He first visited the garden in 1991 and his iconic golden photograph of the main perennial border can be seen on the two inside pages of our new brochure, launched this year.  Anyone wishing to study his genius further need look no further than his incredible book entitled Heritage Fruits and Vegetables, published by Thames and Hudson with a forward by Raymond Blanc – a perfect Christmas present.

Wollerton Rose wins prize at the Nantes fragrance trials 2012

On 1 June 2012, the rose 'Wollerton Old Hall' won 2nd International Prize of the City of Nantes.

The fragrance was described as 'Powdery, heliotrope with a hint of creamy Magnolia/Osmanthus on a background of balsamic and Tonka Bean', which according to Robert Calkin, fragrance expert at David Austin Roses, is 'very much of a perfumer's description'.

Top 20 British Garden Makers.

On Saturday the 9th June, Stephen Lacey of The Telegraph voted John & Lesley Jenkins in the Top 20 of British Garden Makers. Others who featured in the list included Lord & Lady Cavendish of Holker Hall, Charles Jencks of Portrack House and Fergus Garrett of Great Dixter.

NEWSFLASH: Countryfile Magazine Awards 2012

Wollerton Old Hall Garden has been nominated in the 'Most Beautiful Garden' category in the Countryfile Magazine Awards 2012.

We are so thrilled to have been nominated for this award. Fans and supporters of the garden can votes for us by visiting the Countryfile website OR by emailing

As always your support is very much appreciated.

Winter 2012

After an incredibly mild Autumn and Winter so far, the garden is already bursting into life. This seems even earlier after the exceptionally cold winter of last year. It's amazing how often this happens, that extremes of weather are made up for by extremes in the other direction, for example dry summers are often followed by wet summers.

We should be making the most of this mild spell by enjoying the emerging flowering snowdrops, the hellebores which are bursting into life and the gorgeous cyclamen which have been in flower for well over a month.

Autumn 2011

At this time of year a lot of our time is taken up clearing the many pots throughout the garden and preparing them, ready to take the tulips for the Spring display. We are also assessing our tender plants as the nights are getting colder, and starting to clear and clean the polytunnels and glasshouses.

New website launched

Welcome to the new Wollerton Old Hall Garden website!

We hope you like our newly redesigned and updated website.  We have created a brand new garden section with an interactive garden plan to allow you to explore the garden from the comfort of your own chair.

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