Leeds, West Yorkshire

York Gate

WHEN: Tuesday 1st September, 10.30am-3.30pm
WHAT: A private visit to our garden situated in the village of Adel, near Leeds
WHERE: Leeds, West Yorkshire
PRICE: £40


An opportunity for a private visit to our garden at York Gate, with an introductory talk given by our new Head Gardener Adam Bowley, who joins us from Kew Gardens.

York Gate is a one acre garden tucked away behind the ancient church of St John the Baptist in Adel, on the northern outskirts of Leeds.

It was created by the Spencer family between 1951 and 1994 and bequeathed to Perennial in 1994, so that it could continue to live on and be enjoyed by the garden-loving public.

When the Spencer family bought the property it was a neglected piece of land adjoining a farmhouse. Over the next 30 years they created a garden which by the 1980s had come to be recognised as one of the most innovative small gardens in the world.

The garden is divided into a series of smaller garden ‘rooms’ with different themes and in contrasting styles. These include:

  • a dell with half-hidden pathways and a stream;
  • a white garden;
  • a kitchen garden;
  • a herb garden with
  • and a more contemporary garden with summer-flowering perennials and grasses.

York Gate is a garden of immense style and craftsmanship. Traditional materials are used with extraordinary creativity and detailing is exquisite.

A succession of delightful vistas link the different ‘rooms’ to create a feeling of continuity. There are many unusual plants, and evergreens clipped into strong architectural shapes are used to spectacular effect throughout.


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