Stanton Hall and Gardens
Stanton Hall and gardens near Morpeth in Northumberland, is a quite delightful garden centre situated in the picturesque grounds and gardens of old Stanton Hall, parts of which date back to the 14th Century. It is a real gardener’s plant emporium.
West of the town of Morpeth Stanton Hall and gardens is a small family run business. It offers something very different from the larger garden centres.
It’s not one of those Garden Centres where you have to wade through a shop selling dubious household ornaments made in China or a sounds of the rainforest CD before you get to anything growing. You will not find a coffee shop selling overpriced scones, and there is no children’s play area with a plastic dinosaur slide. You cannot purchase unflattering outdoor wear or gas barbecues or an Easter Island garden statue.
Stanton Hall and Gardens – the gardener’s garden centre
Instead, for sale there are lots and lots of lovely healthy plants, shrubs and trees of every variety imaginable. Plants featured are those that can survive our tough North of England climate. The prices are really good and I love my visits here because every time I go I come across another new plant I have not seen before. There is an ‘honesty’ cafe in a circular green hut called the Gin Gan where you help yourself to a cup of coffee for 50p and and some Rington’s biscuits for 20p! A gin gang was a wheelhouse, roundhouse or horse-engine house, was a structure built to enclose a horse engine, usually circular but sometimes square or octagonal.
It showcases a huge range of plants from herbs to trees. Over eighty five percent of all plants for sale are grown on site from either seeds or cuttings. They will also help you to find that plant that you’ve been looking for and to order hanging baskets from April.
The gardens themselves have been put together over 30 years to showcase the range of plants sold at Stanton. The Maze Garden, the knot garden and the Lime walk are all fine and are set out to give ideas about colour, grouping and mixtures of shrubs, perennials, herbs and planting structures.
Stanton Hall and gardens – a hidden treasure
Northumberland is one of our most beautiful and uncrowded counties and Stanton Hall and gardens is a very civilised hidden treasure. One greenhouse plays classic FM to the geraniums and the fields next door do a fine line in bifurcated cattle..
Stanton Hall was originally a fourteenth century fortified medieval tower which has been added to and modified over many years. Most of it was built in the 16th century and the south end of the building was altered around 1700. In Henry VIII’s reign Sir Ralph Fenwick, High Sheriff of Northumberland, lived in the tower. The Fenwick family actually occupied Stanton Hall for almost 200 years until 1730.
The Reverand John Hodgson was one of the most distinguished scholars of Northumberland in past times. In 1830 he wrote, ‘Stanton Old Hall – A three storey stronghouse probably dating to the 16th century, oblong with a projecting stair turret on the east. This tower received a new front in 1700 with rusticated quorns and cross windows with swan necked pediments.’
Stanton Hall and gardens – my favourite garden centre
Stanton Hall is situated west of Morpeth in England’s northern county, Northumberland. A small family run business, it is my favourite garden centre.
The nursery has huge range of plants from herbs to trees. The nursery is a real labour of love. Indeed, over eighty five percent of all plants for sale grown on site are from either seeds or cuttings. Stanton staff can provide personal services including specialist orders to find that plant that you’ve been looking for. Customers can also order hanging baskets from April.
The Gardens and Plant Nursery are open 9.30 – 5.30, Tuesday – Sundays, Easter to mid September. Stanton Hall is also open to the public on some bank holidays though out the season.
Entry to the beautiful gardens is free and they alone are worth a good look round. Pop along before the crowds discover the secret of Stanton Hall and gardens!