Temple Sowerby, Penrith, CA10 2AW. Tel: 01768 88250
This four and a half acre garden, which is privately owned by Jane Pollock, is the true essence of a plantsman’s garden, with every aspect of its creation built out of respect and love for plants. Jane’s father was responsible for planting many of the trees at Winderwath, and her mother was responsible for setting out the rock theme gardens.
Jane and her gardener Ron Davis share an interest in Alpine, New Zealand and Himalayan plants, and she is a member if the Sino-Himalayan Plant Society, which gives access to seeds otherwise difficult to obtain. Ron belongs to many rock garden societies, and is a committee member of the Hardy Plant Society.
Some plants grown from seed include Trilliums, Primula Arisaema, an extensive range of uncommon Alpines, and a selection of Himalayan poppies. There are many specimen trees including fine examples of Sequoiadendron Giganteum (wellingtonia) and Fagus Sylvatica Heterophylla (cut leaf beech) (below).
The garden is open Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm, and Saturday morning 9am-12 noon, throughout the year. There are picnic tables overlooking the pond.
There used to be a stone circle (see gallery) in the field adjacent to the lane that leads down to Winderwath, which was destroyed. Its stones were thrown into the River Eden nearby, except two – one stone remains standing by the lane, and a further stone lies behind the hedge, at the edge of the field.