Burton Hall is a pioneering community based rehabilitation centre for people with mental health difficulties. The training programmes, of which Horticulture is one, aim to facilitate trainees to develop skills and knowledge to cope with the challenges of community and employment environments in our society to-day. Burton Hall Gardens provides a Horticultural Training programme under the auspices of Hospitallier Order of St.John of God and is part funded by the European Social Fund.

Spring 2002. Daffodils blooming in the Beech walk.

Walled gardens are becoming a rarity. The advent of a building boom has led to the destruction of many of these unique features.Therefore the restoration of a particularly fine walled garden is a scource of pleasure to many.
There were always gardens at Burton Hall since it was built in the early 1700's. By 1834 a two acre Victorian style walled garden was in place producing flowers and fruit. For a number of years this flourished providing supplies for the main house and other outlets. Sadly around 1930 interest in the garden waned and it was gradually allowed to decline into a glorified rubbish dump. Then came a decision by the present occupiers to restore the gardens to their former glory. Work started in 1994 when the area was designated as a horticultural training facility.Fortunately plans of the garden dating from 1910 were available making it possible to meticulously follow the original layout of paths and borders. A wide variety of plants are now on display , Delphiniums, Dianthus, Phlox, Lychnis and Lilies, over 700 plants all in one north and east facing border.
The original Yew, Box and Bay hedges had survived in the gardens and are being restored to their full vigour. The 17th century Bay hedge that separated the original ornamental and kitchen gardens is a notable feature.

A picture taken of the gardens in 1995.

This picture taken in 1999 shows the Penstemon border and illustrates the overall development of the gardens.

Penstemons have become a feature of this garden and currently the collection boasts some genuine rarities. It is probably one of the largest collections in these islands. Shown in their brilliance in a double border running along side the east west path this particular feature is an extraordinary display of colour ; it is best seen from July to October.
The melon house and Stove house were in a very dilapidated condition when this restoration started. These structures were originally built by Mackenzie and Moncur conservatory manufacturers responsible for the Temperate house in the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

Restoration complete they are now used for propagation and display a unique collection of conservatory plants .

Development is ongoing with the pending restoration of the Vinery and the Peach house. Cold frames that had been in existence long ago are being rebuilt using the original red bricks that have been recovered from the old garden.

MAY 2000
This is a very busy time in the garden . Bedding plants are now ready for sale and several tunnels are filled with a large variety.

These bedding plants, grown each year, will shortly be put in the sales area outside; there they will join a large array of herbaceous plants , the majority of which were grown from cuttings taken last year.

Taking a walk around the garden there are several plants looking particularily well at this time of year. One of these is Myosotidium hortensia( Chatham Island forget-me-not)

Another is Olearia "Henry Travers"

Many of the plants seen in the garden are for sale. For information regarding opening times of the gardens contact;
Berna Purcell

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