Perennial to officially re-launch York Gate

York Gate Garden near Leeds will re-launch this spring following a programme of restoration and development.

Over the past year the 0.4ha garden, which is owned and run by horticulture trade charity Perennial, has been replanted and refreshed and a new gift shop, tea room and events centre have been created. An event to mark the official opening of the garden will take place on 23 March, ahead of its opening to the public for the 2016 season on Easter Sunday.

York Gate was designed in the Arts & Crafts style by the Spencer family during the 20th century. 

Head gardener at York Gate Adam Bowley said: "York Gate is an intimate and well-designed garden but we faced the challenge of refurbishing what is now a mature garden set within a modest space. We have replanted parts of the garden and reduced the beech and yew hedges that surround it to bring back the scale. We have tried to create some more modern planting combinations, while making sure that all work is in keeping with Robin Spencer’s original design and the Arts & Crafts style."  

York Gate is designed around a series of 14 outdoor rooms. A new bespoke artwork by David James of Olicana Mosaics will be unveiled. Later in the season, glorious displays of summer flowering herbaceous perennials will come into their own in the hot border and the white garden, while the herb garden and model vegetable garden are always popular with visitors.

Jim Buttress, Vice President of Perennial who will be officiating as guest of honour at the opening, said: "This is a charming garden that holds a special place in the affection of many of its visitors. With the addition of the new tea room, shop and Field Room, York Gate puts itself more firmly on the map as a visitor destination and one of the must-see gardens of Yorkshire."

The new Field Room at York Gate provides a venue for events, hosting a series of courses and workshops throughout the year that are open to the public and the facility is also available to hire for classes and small group events. There is a new gift shop, refurbished tea rooms and better visitor information and interpretation, thanks to a recent grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Perennial received a £84,200 grant for a volunteer-led project to research the garden’s history and create a permanent exhibition for visitors, all part of a drive to increase public awareness and help sustain the garden. 

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