This is a very exciting time to visit Henbury Hall Gardens. In recent years the gardens have been slumbering, becoming overgrown and tangled, and many fine old specimens were in danger of being lost in the tangle. Our exciting new restoration programme is bringing the gardens back to their full beauty. It is an on-going project and there is still a great deal more to do.
Henbury Hall is a unique landmark house of the 20th century which reflects its owner’s Venetian origins. The present 12 acre gardens pre-date the house considerably (see History).
In 2012 a massive restoration project was started. Many beds have been removed entirely. In others the planting has been massively reduced to enable the ‘stars’ to flourish. Set in an undulating landscape and surrounding two magnificent lakes, the gardens contain many fine trees and shrubs including some rare specimens of Rhododendrons, Camellias, and Magnolia. The aim is to create a simpler more structured landscape with strong groupings of the plants which do well here.
The old Walled Garden has undergone a complete restoration which is almost finished and which reflects its association with the present Henbury Hall and its Venetian connections. The old Foster & Pearson glasshouses, which were derelict, have been restored and we are steadily building up a collection of exotics concentrating mainly on temperate and tropical Pteridophytes and Orchidaceae. The aim is to gather a Henbury collection of significant botanical importance. Highlights of the collection include the large group of Pamianthe Peruviana, the wonderfully flamboyant Amaryllid (which is sadly now extinct in the wild) and the rare Blechnum Palmiforme from Gough Island in the territory of Tristan da Cunha.
We have yet to restore the ancient peach cases which we hope will be the subject of a restoration in the future but which meanwhile house figs, peaches, apricots and Muscat grapes.