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“Tranquil English Landscape Setting”

Easton Walled Gardens
Ranked #3 of 24 things to do in Grantham
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Owner description: A beautiful garden that has been revived since 2001. The large stately home was demolished in 1951 and the site abandoned. Now visitors can see the grounds that President Franklin Roosevelt described as 'a dream of Nirvana, almost too good to be true.' Work is still ongoing and the restoration and features of this 400 year garden makes a fascinating trip. We have a good tearoom and are very easy to find off the A1.
Reviewed July 28, 2011

Whilst this is a project very much in progress both the flower borders and the vegetable gardens offer much to admire and inspire. But the real treasure of this place is its setting. I have visited twice this year and on both occasions have found the long vistas, beautiful trees and calm, reflective atmosphere to be delightful. I leave calm and refreshed. Perhaps people want more 'wow' from this restoration project and therefore miss its gentler contribution.

5  Thank aboutandout
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Reviewed July 20, 2011

I viewed the website and it promised much. In reality although the garden is quite pleasant it is unremarkable and there is still much to do in the restoration process and actually some of the already restored areas looked a bit under maintained and neglected. The sweet peas and roses were past their best (but to be fair they do state the "sweet pea week" was the first week in July) but the long mixed borders did look lovely. It would be interesting to see how much more progress is made after a few more years. The cup of tea from the tea room was acceptable. As the garden currently stands the entrance fee does not represent good value for money. If you are making a special journey to the gardens the tour won't take you that long so I'd advise that you visit other attactions in the area such as Woolsthorpe Manor to make the trip worthwhile.

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Reviewed May 26, 2011

We visited this garden at the end of April, because we generally like walled gardens Whilst we appreciate that it is a long term (and laudable) project to restore a garden like this, because the garden is celebrating "10 years of rediscovery", we were expecting to see some mature gardens inside the walls but, alas no, within the walled area was largely just grass, with just a very small part containing immature beds with a few roses and other shrubs. In fact, we felt that the name "Easton Walled Garden" was something of a misnomer currently and misleading. It is a large garden with a walled area, and most of the reclamation work - at least what we saw in bloom at the time we went - was not in that area at all.
The walled area was, therefore, quite boring and, although there was a more mature part of the garden elsewhere, few of the plants there were labelled. The most interesting area for us was the small picking garden and, there at least, many plants were labelled.
We felt also that the garden is missing year-round features. When we visited, there were the spring flowers at the top, the cowslip slopes, which were just finishing, the picking garden, the long borders, which are midsummer/autumn features, and the rose garden, which flowers at a similar time. For the garden to be worth the money at other times, it needs to have more things of interest for the late spring/early summer period and late autumn/winter period.
We appreciate the need to raise funds but, unfortunately, our impression, partly from staff comments overheard, was that the garden was a bit too keen to raise money by selling plants to visitors, rather than actually planting them for visitors to enjoy.
To cap it all, we tried twice to get a cuppa at the tearoom but that had been left unattended, with no note left as to how long for. All in all, a most disappointing experience and, in our view, certainly not worth the entrance fee of £5.75.

7  Thank Petes_here
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