See How our Gardens Grow - Summer

Where to see - in Summer

Newby Hall Gardens’s magnificent double herbaceous border is at its best in summer. One of the longest double borders in Europe it is also a haven for birds, bees, butterflies and hoverflies.

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The Valley Gardens in Harrogate are also at their finest in summer. Take a walk through the gardens enjoying the floral displays and learn about Harrogate’s spa history along the way.

The Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park at Grewelthorpe near Masham is open through the summer for the first time this year. A botanical masterpiece, set in stunning woodland enhanced by peaceful springs, lakes and striking contemporary structures.

GARDENERS FOR NATURE - TIPS FOR SUMMER

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Keep slugs at bay and provide food for thrushes and blackbirds by opening old compost bags and spreading on the grass overnight. In the morning turn them over to expose sheltering slugs, birds will soon learn to collect this abundance of food.

Greenhouses are warm humid places that toads and frogs love and they will often find a way in when the door is open. Keep greenhouses ventilated and on hot, sunny days, water the floor to keep the air moist, benefitting both your plants and any resident amphibians.

At this peak time for pollinating insects such as honeybees, hoverflies, bumblebees and butterflies, take time out to watch the intense and methodical activity of these incredible foragers up close.

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