Topiary kept in perfect shape takes the gardeners four months a year.
LEVENS HALL IN KENDAL, CUMBRIA
Levens Hall is famous for its yew topiary. The garden was designed by Monsieur Guillaume Beaumont, who was already well known for designing Hampton Court`s gardens. He spent the last 40 years of his life working at Levens. His portrait is found in the house with the inscription `Gardener to King James II and Col. James Grahme.
Mostly constructed between 1694 -1710, the garden now comprises more than 90 topiary works.
Using electric shears, the gardeners spend four months trimming the topiary to keep it in shape. Beech hedges, seasonal beds, a rose garden, and a fountain garden also figure in the garden scheme. The grounds include an herb garden, vegetable borders, and an orchard.
Levens Hall and Gardens are open Sundays to Thursdays until mid October.
The Gardens, Gift Shop and Bellingham Buttery open at 10.00am.
The House opens at 12 noon.
Last entries are at 4.30pm. House and Gardens close at 5.00pm.
Levens Hall and Gardens are closed Fridays and Saturdays.