The gardens you see today are the life’s work of Lady Lavinia Cholmondeley, who has transformed the gardens over a 60 year period following her arrival at Cholmondeley in the late 1940’s.
Prior to her arrival the garden was largely under developed with mature trees, sweeping lawns and water courses running through the southern half of the garden and leading to the Temple water garden which was the only area that had been extensively landscaped previously.
The rose garden and tennis court were the first projects to be undertaken in the early 1950’s and from there the garden was developed section by section with the Duckery being the last big project in 2006. The acidic sandy soil at Cholmondeley is perfect for Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Magnolias and Camellias of which we have fine collections. Adding to that a unique selection of trees and a natural rhythm to the planting make the garden enticing at any time of year. A talented plantswoman it is Lady Cholmondeley’s passion, drive and keen eye for detail that have shaped this garden into one of England’s finest.