The Hercules Garden is a stunning 9 acre walled garden recently restored to its original Georgian design. Named after the life-sized statue of Hercules which overlooks the garden, it incorporates landscaped ponds, a folly, a Chinese bridge and an impressive orchard of more than 100 fruit trees.
Butterflies and a herb garden occupy the glasshouses and frame yard. The Marlborough maze fills the eastern end of the 8 acre (3.2 hectare) kitchen garden, but visitors can still marvel at the 14 foot (4.3 metre) bastioned kitchen walls, built by Vanbrugh and Wise in 1705 for the first Duke of Marlborough. The working part of the gardens is not normally open to the general public. However, Jeri Bapasola (author of ‘The Finest View in England, the Landscape and Gardens at Blenheim’) will take pre-booked groups as part of a series of new Garden Discovery tours.
An award-winning innovative charity based in a walled garden, with the aim of improving the emotional well-being of adults who have suffered from a range of mental illnesses. Open to the public three days a year, or by appointment for visits by groups or societies.
Privately owned garden so ring first, also open with NGS. Walled gardens run-down but charming; one section contains 19th century vinery, peach & nectarine houses (all in need of repair). Earlier walled ornamental/herb/knot garden next to the house has some fine, ancient specimens of mulberry & medlar.