Wandering.JMW Turner, in 1798, painted a watercolor of Browsholme showing the gardens and sheep grazing in front of the Hall. Within a few years Thomas Lister Parker had completed a grand new landscape design. The ‘picturesque’ style celebrated by his father’s friend the Rev William S Gilpin, survives to this day.
Features of the Gardens
Visitors can walk along paths through shrubberies and by the lake, marvel at the ‘ha-ha’ with parkland and woodlands beyond. Brought from Ingleton Hall, an ancient arch aptly named the ‘eye-catcher’ can be found overlooking the estate. It is a natural and romantic landscape that is being nurtured and restored by Robert & Amanda who have designs to recreate an earlier ‘wilderness’ garden laid out in the form of the union jack, celebrating the 1707 Act of Unions, where ladies could walk and enjoy the natural world, down wide paths bordered by hedges.
In the early 20th C an Edwardian garden of low box hedges, roses, rhododendrons, small ponds and rockeries reintroduced a lost formality close to the house.
Above all, curious visitors are encouraged to wander. Discover the 300 year yew walk, wildflowers, new planting of borders and wildlife around the lake; perhaps even a kingfisher and goslings!
Finally, Browsholme hosts Garden workshops throughout the year. These give amateur and keen gardeners practical hints and tips.