Wynyard Hall’s Rose Garden

Discussing Wynyard Hall’s Rose Garden With Head Gardener, Mark Birtle

Wynyard Hall’s two-acre Rose Garden dazzles, especially in spring. Luxe catches up with head gardener Mark Birtle…

There are many things that set Wynyard Hall apart as an elegant and quintessentially English estate. From its fantastic food offering, to its lakeside spa and exclusive-use weddings, it is well loved across the region and beyond.

The estate’s glorious grounds are also a real draw, set within 120-acres of pristine landscapes and gardens. And, as we move into the brighter months, this breathtaking botanical location really comes into its own.

Botanics have played a pivotal role in the history of Wynyard and the team ensures that they continue to build on that legacy.

With that in mind, we’re catching up with head gardener, Mark Birtle, to find out about the wonderful wildlife that sets Wynyard apart, with a focus on Wynyard Hall’s Rose Garden.

Wynyard Hall’s Rose Garden

What can you tell us about the beautiful Rose Garden at Wynyard Hall?

Our Rose Garden incorporates the largest collection of David Austin Roses in the north, which is an incredible thing to celebrate. It includes two acres of contemporary garden design, featuring over 3,000 Austin roses and 12,000 herbaceous perennials – a mixed collection of roses of all colours allows us to enjoy summer-long beauty.

The garden also boasts a fascinating selection of trees and shrubs, amongst meandering paths and water features. It’s a real talking point and an incredibly tranquil space to sit and enjoy the natural beauty.

Why David Austin Roses?

David Austin Roses come in varied forms and colours and they have an extended flowering season, which means our gardens are in bloom for much of the year. They also have good disease resistance and ease of maintenance, giving summer-long colour and interest with an air of informality.

How do you maintain the Rose Garden?

Constant attention all year round, with the help of five volunteers. The wider garden staff help me with the bigger jobs such as pruning and hedge trimming. It’s very much a team effort, but I like to be involved as much as possible.

How have you seen Wynyard Hall’s gardens grow over the years?

From basic flower beds, lawns and remnants of Victorian design, into the award-winning gardens we now have and enjoy. Our gardens are truly unique – they are full of shape, interest, and form.

How are the gardens looking for spring 2024?

Pruning is well underway when it comes to the roses, herbaceous plants and fruit trees. Preventative spraying will begin as the weather warms up. Specific rose varieties are starting to show signs of growth while spring bulbs are also coming to life.

Bright colours are definitely popping up across our gardens and it’s a really exciting time of year, seeing everything at its best once again.

Is there anything exciting in the pipeline for Wynyard Hall’s gardens in 2024 and beyond?

We have recently reinstalled the Victorian Garden to bring the gardens full circle. We’re always looking to improve our visitor experience; we’re planting two new varieties fresh from Chelsea Flower Show 2023, which are Dannahue and Penelope Lively.

We are also continuing to revamp the Marquee Garden.