My recent visit to the gardens at Grewelthorpe near Ripon was the first but certainly won't be my last. Although it is only open for a short time in early summer it is an amazing place to spend some time. There are dozens of different varieties of magnolias, azaleas and rhodedendrons spread across about 20 acres. The new pagoda at the edge of one of the lakes is a brilliant place to see the splash of colour the plants create. When we visited it was warm and dry and there are plenty of seats to rest and enjoy the lovely peaceful surroundings.
It is not possible to see everything if you are less mobile or wheelchair bound as the slopes are steep but many paths are wide and sturdy.
Is it quite easy to find as there are signposts at the tiny junctions but it is quite well hidden.There is a cafe and a plant shop so visitors can take a little bit of the place home if they wish.
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