Slack Top Alpine Nursery and Garden
If you’re interested in alpines, the award-winning Slack Top Alpine Nursery and Garden near Heptonstall, above Hebden Bridge, is the place to come – not just in Yorkshire, but nationwide. Situated in a stunning location on top of the Pennines above Hardcastle Crags, the nursery specialises in hardy alpine plants which flourish at high altitude. Run by alpine experts Michael and Allison Mitchell, Slack Top Alpines has been profiled in the RHS magazine The Garden and featured on Gardeners’ World. All the plants are grown on site and many can be seen in the adjoining garden in specially-made troughs and striking rock and scree beds. Whether you’re an alpine lover or a novice gardener, Slack Top is an inspiring place to visit and offers one of the best selections of alpines in the UK.
Slack Top Nursery and Garden, Alpine House, 22A Slack Top, near Heptonstall, Hebden Bridges, West Yorkshire HX7 7HA
Tel. 01422 845348
Open from March to September, Fridays-Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am – 5pm
Dove Cottage Nursery and Garden
An outstanding nursery specialising in hardy perennials. The owners have developed a wonderful garden featuring their plants on the hillside next to the nursery,which is open from mid to late summer when the flowers and grasses are at their peak. The planting is lush and impressionistic, with plants cascading over the winding paths.
Shibden Hall Road, Halifax HX3 9XA
Tel. 01422 203553
Nursery open March-September. Garden open June – September
Parcevall Hall Gardens
Skyreholme, near Skipton
A renowned plantsman’s garden located at the heart of Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Located at the head of a small valley, there are 24 acres of formal and woodland gardens which rise up the hillside for 200 feet giving wonderful views in every direction. The gardens were laid out by the late Sir William Milner from 1927 onwards, and are planted with specimens from around the world, many collected from Western China and the Himalayas. The gardens have many different facets, including woodland walks, formal south facing terraces, a bedrock limestone rock garden and a beautiful rose garden, all set against the stunning back-drop of the Yorkshire Dales.
Parcevall Hall Gardens, Skyreholme, Skipton BD23 6DE
Tel. 01756 720311
Open daily from April – October, 10am – 6pm
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
The picturesque ruins of 12th century Fountains Abbey, near Ripon, make a splendid excursion from Elmet Farmhouse. Adjoining the abbey grounds are the serene 18th century water gardens created by John and Wiliam Aislabie on their Studley Royal estate. Newly restored by the National Trust, who own both properties, the gardens consist of a series of lakes, ponds and canals adorned with classical statues, overlooked by temples, towers and viewpoints. These vistas, along with the stunning views of nearby Fountains Abbey, combine to create an unforgettable landscape experience.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 3DY
Open daily 10am – 6pm