The gardens were laid out in 1694 by Guillaume Beaumont. The idea of clipping evergreen hedges into fantastical shapes was brought over from Europe and many of the yews are original to the garden.
In celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11, the umbrella yew was designated one of 50 great Great British trees, in recognition of its national heritage.
The trunks of many of the yews form passageways underneath which wild garlic grows.
Walking through the estate of Levens Hall we were to see wild garlic growing everywhere.
We were to return on two occasions to the buttery at Levens where they served a wonderful cream tea in the most delightful setting.
Stay tuned for more of our garden visits.