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Bulb displays, Rose garden and Prairie Border
Adult £9.00; Child (5-16) £6.00; Over 60s £7.50; Family (2A + 2C) £28 Groups: Standard package £11.50; Premium package £17.50; (see own website for details) Season: Family (2A + 2C) £50; Individual £35
Adventure Wood, Woodland Walk, Jerwood Sculpture Park
Rose Garden Woodland Walk
Robert Hooke designed Ragley Hall in 1680. For some reason the family continued for many years to live in the Old Hall, so the house was not fully furnished and decorated until the middle of the 18th Century. James Gibbs designed the baroque plaster decoration in the Great Hall in 1750, and in 1780 Wyatt added on the portico and re-decorated the Red Saloon and our two Mauve Rooms, which have remained the same ever since.
The gardens occupy 10 hectares and surround the Hall.Although the 170 hectares of parkland were designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown (1716- 1783) during the 18th century, little is known about the gardens prior to 1873. However, it is thought that the Capability landscape came right up to the Hall itself until garden designer and outstanding horticulturist Robert Marnock (1800-1889) enclosed the present 10 hectares as pleasure grounds, planting them up with trees and shrubs around meandering path ways and created a formal Victorian flower garden on the west side of the hall.
The bare bones of Marnock's late 19th century garden remain in evidence today and have matured into a rich palette for nature with mature trees predominating throughout, producing a strong soil for new developments.