The truly seasonal gardens at Teasses have undergone extensive renovation since the mid 1990s under the guidance of Sir Fraser and Lady Morrison. The area now set out in formal gardens was previously used as pasture for cattle and grazing horses. The walled garden and greenhouses have been fully renewed and restored and are productive in the cultivation of fruits, vegetables and cut flowers for the Mansion House.
The gardens of Teasses were in a very poor conditions when the estate was purchased in the mid 1990s. Decades of neglect and decay had left their mark on the garden buildings. The Victorian glasshouses were sadly demolished; however the glasshouses in the Walled Garden today are modelled on the original design.
The Gardens Today
Large drifts of perennial planting provide colour throughout the growing season. The gardens, particularly those around the Mansion House, are awash with the milky blue and purple flowers of Campanula lactiflora, and punctuated with the rich cerise of the popular, yet not easily available, Nodding Onion, Allium cernuum, amongst others.
The Rose Garden with its heavily scented old English variety Roses is lifted by the hot, spicy scents of Carnations. The Pond is abundantly punctuated with Water Lilies and surrounded by Iris sibirica and other marginal plants. Formal structure anchors luxurious beds of mixed perennials all at their best in June and July.
A network of paths lead you through the Millennium Wood where you may happen upon individual gardens each inspired by a member of the Morrison family. In spring the woodlands are carpeted with wild primroses, daffodils, bluebells and finally wild flowers and mixed grass species. Rhododendron and Camellia plantings provide colour throughout late Winter and Spring.
A highlight of a visit to Teasses is the Walled Garden. Visitors delight in the espaliered apple, plum and pear trees against the south facing walls. In the glasshouses are grown Peaches, Figs and Grapes. The deep herbaceous borders are full of colour throughout the year. The glasshouses are particularly useful in the garden as they provide much needed protection for young seedlings and tender plants.
Garden Opening & Tours
The gardens at Teasses are open strictly by appointment from April to the end of August. Please contact the Head Gardener, Craig Cameron, [email protected] to arrange your bespoke trip.