Posted by: digibirder | March 29, 2014

Garden open day

By chance I discovered that there was a garden open day in association with The National Gardens Scheme, so fancying a day out we headed for Goldsborough Hall in North Yorkshire, not far from Knaresborough. It was a lovely day, if a little cold, but it was nice to be out and about. On arrival, as it was near lunch time, we went into the restaurant in the hall where they were serving light lunches and cakes. Prices were a little naughty, so we ended up having a scone with jam and cream and a cup of tea each, paying £9 for the privilege! And it was nothing to write home about. One can only hope that their catering for residents, weddings, etc, is a little better.

We had a wander around the woodland area, although the snowdrops had finished and other plants had not yet started to look their best. The main garden was also a bit of a disappointment, as there wasn’t that much of it, being only a short walkway between two beech hedges. Beyond that there was an avenue of lime trees, some of which had been planted in the 20s by members of the royal family, this being the home of Princess Mary, daughter of King George V, when she married into the family that owned the hall. The main interest was the collection of champion trees to the area at the side of the hall, but again they were not in full leaf. Perhaps the open day in June would be a better time to visit. Some images on this page will give an idea of what it can look like when at its best.

After our wander, we drove on to Harrogate, where we visited a couple of outdoor shops as I was after a new casual coat. Seeing nothing suitable in the first one, we walked round to the Rohan shop. We have bought numerous items from this company over the years, although it is not cheap. I found a lovely coat, but almost choked at the £145 price tag. As luck would have it, during March they have a Gift Your Gear offer which enables you to ‘part exchange’ existing outdoor clothing for a 15% rebate on the price of the item you are buying. As I was not aware of this offer, the only thing I had to give them was the coat I was wearing. As this was one that I don’t wear very often and was thinking of giving to charity at some point, I simply did a swap and walked out of the shop in my shiny new jacket! The clothing they take in will be given to charity or good causes anyway (the lady quoted Riding for the Disabled as one they have contributed to in the past), as they are still usable.

All photos taken with Fuji X-E2 and 18-55mm lens.


Part of the woodland walk




The beech avenue and garden borders view from the house terrace


Looking back to the house


The lime tree avenue










  1. Some wonderful trees there …. lovely pics again!

    • Yes, the trees were actually more of an interest than the garden. Although I now realise we missed a bit of it!

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