Glasgow and Leeds Secret Garden Events

Glasgow and Leeds Secret Garden Events

The Brewin Dolphin Secret Garden roadshow continued with events at the Glasgow Botanic Gardens and the Yorkshire’s magnificent Castle Howard.

Rosy Hardy, designer of Brewin Dolphin’s 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden and winner of 21 gold medals, was keynote speaker at both events, providing guests with an exclusive insight into the inspirations and techniques that underpinned the show gardens’ design.

The Kibble Palace (pictured) originally stood on the shores of Loch Long, at the Coulport home of Victorian entrepreneur and eccentric John Kibble. In 1871 Kibble entered into negotiations to have the structure dismantled and moved by barge to Glasgow where it was to be reconstructed in the Botanic Gardens. It was during the move that Kibble added the 150ft circular dome and extended transepts,  providing the impressive front elevation to the glasshouse that Rosy Hardy remarked, made the Botanic Gardens the most impressive venue of the entire Secret Garden roadshow, both from an engineering perspective and in terms of the plant life on show. 

The event was held in conjunction with The Incorporation of Gardeners, who donated ‘The Commonwealth Tree’, a corten steel sculpture designed and created by David McAllister, to commemorate the 2014 Commonwealth Games and provide a lasting reminder for future generations of this historic event held in the city of Glasgow (pictured).

The second venue was Castle Howard, a magnificent 18th century stately home set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape in the Howardian Hills, an Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of North Yorkshire, that has been the family home of the Earl of Carlisle for more than 300 years.   It is a haven of peace and tranquillity with extensive woodland walks, temples, lakes and fountains where you can spend a day relaxing in the informal parkland dotted with statues or admiring the formal gardens and meandering through woodland or along lakeside terraces.

Rosy Hardy recounted her many childhood memories of the Castle Howard estate, where she spent many of her teenage summers competing in the three day horse eventing competitions.  Following Rosy’s talk, guests were given a private tour of the estate gardens – which many recognised as the iconic setting for TV hit Brideshead Revisited.  The house is prominently situated on a ridge and this was exploited to create a traditional English landscape park which opens out from the formal garden and merges with the surrounding parkland. Two major garden buildings are set into this landscape: the Temple of the Four Winds at the end of the garden, and the Mausoleum in the park.