Church Stile, in the centre of the village, began as the Parish Guild house, but by the 17th century it had become an inn patronised by Wordsworth and Coleridge. In 1859, Robert Hayes, nursery man and market gardener, moved in and it became the Hayes’ family home until 1949.
The National Trust took over the house and established its first shop in the village. The small roadside garden has been replanted by Hayes Garden World.
Trust ranger David Almond said: "Our shop is right in the heart of Grasmere and is a perfect spot for showcasing the best of Cumbria’s blooms. We’re absolutely delighted that Hayes has stepped in and donated such a beautiful display, which will delight visitors throughout the seasons."
Hayes director Elizabeth Ann Hayes said: "We are keen supporters of the work of the National Trust and as soon as we realised that this property had a unique family connection with our business, we were delighted to step in. The landscaping will be maintained by our specialist landscape team and we hope that visitors to the Grasmere shop will enjoy it for many years to come."
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