The Secret Garden

The enchanting Secret Garden with its exotic plants, palm trees, bamboos and central fountain is available for your wedding day photography, relaxation and enjoyment.

Twenty five years ago, Bryan built his first walled garden in Linby, a quaint little village north of Nottingham. Since then he has built several walled gardens in Guernsey and another on Tortola, one of the British Virgin Islands. As soon as we bought Stoke Hall, Bryan drew up plans for his most ambitious garden to date: The Secret Garden at Stoke Hall.

The Secret Garden is a walled garden, hidden from view and enclosed on all four sides by the Hall, the rear walls of the conservatory, the high walls of the Carriage Court and a new 16ft tall wall which follows the original foundations of a row of ancient cottages and farm buildings. A statue of St. Oswald, from the 1135 hospice that stood on the same site, still survives, set into one of the walls facing into The Secret Garden. A series of circular stone patios, each at different levels, are linked by paths, stairways and hidden walkways. Seating in each area faces the central pond and fountain creating an atmosphere of calm and tranquility.

Those plants that haven’t been grown from seed were sourced from Architectural Plants in Bristol, Beth Chatto Gardens in Elmstead Market and Great Dixter, the late Christopher Lloyd’s garden in East Sussex. The Secret Garden provides perfect photographic opportunities for wedding couples and a venue for drinks and canapés.

Flowers that can be found in the Secret Garden

In season, The Secret Garden provides a constant supply of fresh flowers for the Hall.

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