03 May 2016 at Renishaw Hall & Gardens – So Many New Reasons to Visit
Roses: This year a new display of roses will be on show to visitors to the award-winning gardens at Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire. Replanted in 2015, this area of the formal garden around the Swimming Pool Fountain has been laid out with a colour ordered scheme. This includes a new rose named in honour of the 90th birthday of Lady Sitwell – mother of Renishaw Hall’s owner, Alexandra Sitwell – and the rose is known as “Rosa Lady Sitwell”. This beautiful, unique, rose will flower in July.
Garden expert tours: The historic grounds of the Sitwell family became the HHA/ Christie’s Garden of the Year in 2015, an accolade of which the family were very proud. Staying with the award winning garden theme this year, Lee Bestall – the Chelsea Flower Show winning garden designer who is based on site at the Stable Courtyard at Renishaw – will be leading tours of the gardens in July to September. His expertise on planting schemes and practical tips will give visitors a new insight into the design and planting structure of the gardens at Renishaw, offering inspiration to take back for gardens at home.
Sculpture: A newly-commissioned life size sculpture by local artist Maggie Cooper will be displayed throughout the season, as Renishaw becomes part of The Grand Tour Season Two, as a fringe tour location. The Grand Tour invites visitors to view the treasures of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire at key locations across the region, through the eyes of today’s leading artists.
Grand Tour hall focus: Hall tours which touch on the Grand Tour of Sir Sitwell Sitwell – ancestor of the current owner Alexandra Sitwell – including the fine tapestries he brought back to Renishaw Hall and which adorn the walls of the Drawing Room and Ballroom, will be on offer to visitors on special public hall tours in May.
New Café at Renishaw Hall: Other highlights include the newly refurbished Café at Renishaw Hall – a brighter, lighter and larger place to enjoy lunch, refreshments and al fresco dining when the weather’s fine, with a brand new menu offering a delicious, seasonal selection of lunches, cakes and refreshments.
With the annual specialist plant fairs in May and August and Renishaw’s food and craft fair in August also part of the 2016 season, there are so many reasons to visit and return to Renishaw Hall & Gardens this year.
Alexandra Sitwell says; “I am looking forward to welcoming visitors to enjoy the changes and transformations we have in place this year at Renishaw. Whilst the house and grounds may have been closed to the public over winter, the team here at Renishaw has been working tirelessly to make the site ready to receive our new visitors for 2016.”
Renishaw Hall & Gardens opens for the season on March 23rd until October 2nd.