The gardens of Guyzance Hall are opening to the public for the first time as part of the St Oswald’s Hospice Secret Gardens open day on Sunday.
The house, owned by Robert Parker, is surrounded by landscaped gardens, manicured lawns and more than 500 acres of woodland.
There is also a walled garden with gazebo, a topiary garden and a kitchen garden with an original Victorian greenhouse.
There were originally 12 gardeners working there but today there is only one full-time and one part-time gardener. Head gardener Steve Armstrong is kept very busy, especially in the summer when each week it takes two days just to cut the grass.
There is currently a fantastic displaay of dahlias. The south lawn is surrounded on two sides by cedar trees as old as the house.
The gardens feature a wide range of plants, from jasmine and agapanthus to hydrangea and roses. There’s also an ornamental pond and herbaceous borders.
The gardens will be open from 11am to 4.30pm, with tours led by a National Trust gardener.
Cream teas will be served, there’ll be a chance for a game of croquet on the lawn and even a teddy bears’ picnic, with a prize for the best-dressed bear. Music will be provided by The Northumbrian Ranters and Robson’s Choice.
Tickets cost £5 for adults, £3 for children, with all proceeds going to St Oswald’s Hospice.