The Gardens

Enjoy a tranquil walk through our award-winning gardens

Our gardens

Sewerby Hall and Gardens has more than 50 acres of award-winning gardens and woodland. Each garden offers its own variety of sights, smells and sounds throughout each of the four seasons. There's also a Marie Curie Daffodil Trail throughout spring. You'll soon learn why we won Yorkshire in Bloom Gold: 2008-11 when you explore the magnificent gardens.

Pleasure Garden

Relax in our Pleasure Garden, where you can meander along the paths and view different wood carvings, including the inspiring quotes made from the fallen monkey puzzle tree, or try to find our intricate deer wood carving. With benches, sun traps and two covered shelters, you can take a break and rest any time of year.

Walled Garden

Wander inside our Walled Garden to marvel at an ever-changing kaleidoscope of box hedgerows, shrubs and flowers. The walled garden is a blaze of colour and patterns in summer and remains popular in the colder seasons too, offering visitors and plants alike a shelter from the weather.

Plant guide

Take a look at some of the plants you can find in our bedding areas this season.

Common Daisy Bellis perennis
Forget-Me-Not Mysotis sylvatica
Polyanthus Primula elatior
Wallflower Erysimum cheri
Replacement of box hedges

Bellis perennis is a common European species of daisy, of the family Asteraceae, often considered the archetypal species of that name.

Many related plants also share the name "daisy", so to distinguish this species from other daisies it is sometimes qualified as common daisy, lawn daisy or English daisy.

Did you know: The name "daisy" is considered a corruption of "day's eye", because the whole head closes at night and opens in the morning.

Images show Tasso Strawberries and Cream, Tasso Red and Tasso White.

Myosotis sylvatica, the wood forget-me-not or woodland forget-me-not, is a species of flowering plant in the family Boraginaceae, native to Europe.

It is a short-lived herbaceous perennial or biennial growing to 12–30 cm (5–12 in) tall by 15 cm (6 in) wide, with hairy leaves and a profusion of flowers with petals longer than their tube, pink in bud then opening disc-shaped, intensely sky-blue with yellow centres in Spring.

Did you know: Mysotis sylvatica is also a parent of numerous cultivars in shades of pink, blue and white? The cultivars ‘Bluesylva’ and the compact ‘Blue Ball’ have gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit

Image shows Rosylva

Primula is a genus of mainly herbaceous flowering plants in the family Primulaceae. They include the familiar wildflower of banks and verges, the primrose (Primula vulgaris). Other common species are Primula auricula (auricula), Primula veris (cowslip) and Primula elatior (oxlip). These species and many others are valued for their ornamental flowers. They have been extensively cultivated and hybridised - in the case of the primrose, for many hundreds of years. Primula are native to the temperate northern hemisphere, south into tropical mountains in Ethiopia, Indonesia and New Guinea, and in temperate southern South America. Almost half of the known species are from the Himalayas. Primula has about 500 species in traditional treatments, and more if certain related genera are included within its circumscription.

Did you know: The word primula is the Latin feminine diminutive of primus, meaning first (prime), applied to flowers that are among the first to open in spring.

Images show Bella rose, Blue shades, Pure white, and colour mix.

This is a herbaceous perennial, often grown as a biennial, with one or more highly branching stems reaching heights of 15–80 cm (6–31 in).

The leaves are generally narrow and pointed and may be up to 20 cm (8 in) long.

The top of the stem is occupied by a club - shaped inflorescence of strongly scented flowers.

Each flower has purplish-green sepals and rounded petals which are two to three centimeters long and in shades of bright yellows to reds and purples.

The flowers fall away to leave long fruits which are narrow, hairy siliques several centimeters in length.

Did you know: The common name "wallflower" attaches to all cultivars of this plant, as well as other species within the genus Erysimum and the former genus Cheiranthus.

Images show Purple bicolour and Bronze.

We are aware that the Box hedges are suffering from Box blight which is an airborne fungal disease which causes leaf loss specific and severe dieback to this specie with no known cure. This has had a devastating effect on our formal planting areas. We are in the process or replacing the box hedging with suitable substitute hedging in trial beds initially in order to determine a continual replacement programme for the remaining areas within the Walled Gardens.

Ilex crenata, the Japanese holly or box-leaved holly is a species of flowering plant in the family Aquifoliaceae, native to eastern China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Sakhalin. It is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing to a height of 3–5 m tall, with a trunk diameter up to 20 cm.

The Ilex crenata is being planted to replace the existing box hedging.

Customer Notice: Please be advised that we are currently transitioning between our winter bedding and summer bedding plants. As a result, you may notice some flower beds appearing empty during your visit. We appreciate your understanding during this period of change, and we assure you that we are diligently working to enhance the beauty of our gardens with the upcoming summer blooms. Thank you for your patience and continued support.

Rose Garden

Our well-kept Rose Garden will impress with its elegant layout and borders. Here, roses of all sizes, shapes and colours can be seen in late summer. A statue of Pandora provides the focal point of the garden design, and there are sheltered spots to sit away from the sun and enjoy the view.

The Woodland

Whether you are on the lookout for wildlife or a variety of tree species, our woodland will keep you busy. Look out for sycamore, horse chestnut and elm amongst others. This area is a haven for mammals, birds and insects, making it their home throughout the year.

Take the sign-posted Woodland Walk, which will lead you on a 20-minute journey over a few gentle slopes and some steps, but there are plenty of seats to rest and observe nature at work on your way.

Once you get engrossed in watching the activities of this delightful dell, you might just stay here for much longer than you planned!

Worklink opening times
Day Opening times
Monday to Friday 11am – 2pm
Saturday and Sunday Closed