Gardens at Alford Manor House
This project has been made possible through grant aid by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Coastal Action Zone, Lincolnshire Gardens Trust and Lincolnshire County Council. There has also been administration support from East Lindsey District Council, and financial support from a number of private benefactors.
The garden design has been informed by archaeological research carried out by Dr Jonathan Clarke and his team at Field Archaeology Specialists. This information has been incorporated into a new garden design by Jane Leach of Landscape Botanica. The remainder of the conservation work, namely the restoration of the cobbled courtyard and garden wall has
The apothecary’s garden. In the form of a knot garden this area contains many plants that were used in ancient medicine, many of which are still in use today by herbalists, homoeopathists and other therapists.
The old orchard. The orchard remains as it was with its ancient trees and under planting of bulbs, at its best in early spring.been carried out by D & A Otter. Unfortunately the north wall was in such bad repair that it had to be taken down and rebuilt. The remaining landscaping work and gardenstructures were completed by members of the Trust.
The herb wall. The herb wall contains many varieties of culinary herbs for use in the Manor House kitchen.The new orchard. The new orchard is under planted with wild flowers. Old varieties of Lincolnshire apples and gages have been planted here, along the walls and in the vegetable garden.
The herbaceous border. The north wall backs a traditional herbaceous border with pergolas entwined with climbing plants including vines.
The vegetable plots. The four main beds provide a rotation of roots, onions, potatoes, peas and beans with smaller beds for soft fruit, salads, melons and marrows.
The twist sculpture. The beds here provide cut flowers for the house. In the fullness of time we will plant one of the beds with plants from the collection of Joseph Bank, the Lincolnshire plant collector. The sculpture by Susan Bradley was part of a national competition run by the Arts Council through a Renaissance grant. It was erected in 2010 and its inspiration comes from corn dollies.
The new corner. This corner is home to the volunteers’ work area and green house. Tomatoes and cucumber are grown here for the house and the bed along the wall has artichokes (Jerusalem), horse radish, rhubarb, asparagus and outdoor tomatoes