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The Walled Garden at Luton Hoo Estate was designed by Capability Brown in the late 1760's for John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, noted Botanist and Prime Minister under George III. The Garden changed and evolved under owners and management to match the fashion of horticulture in the 19th and 20th centuries, with each owner leaving their mark on the garden's rich history. Unfortunately, the garden fell into decline in the late 1980's, becoming dilapidated, overgrown and neglected.

In 2000 a project began to research the history of the Walled Garden and its importance in Victorian and Edwardian society.  This marked the beginning of a new era for the Walled Garden, which is now the focus of a fascinating project.  The Walled Garden Project is largely carried out by an enthusiastic team of gardeners, researchers and historians who work alongside a restoration and conservation team, and a vibrant education team - all dedicated volunteers working towards a bright future whilst continuing to reveal a rich history.

Today the site comprises of a five-acre garden surrounded by the original 18th century octagonal wall, and a range of glass houses, including a timber framed Mackenzie Moncur glasshouse dated circa 1908, a peach house, a vinery and a further glasshouse on the diaphragm wall.  There is also a selection of rare service buildings surrounding the garden including the head gardener's office, a potting shed, a boiler house, stables and propagation greenhouses.  The Garden continues to be revived, repaired and reimagined for the enjoyment of all.

Ways to visit the garden: 

Each Wednesday from the beginning of May to the end of September we open the Walled Garden to visitors.  Pre-booking is not necessary and entrance is only £5  including a fascinating garden tour. 

For Groups, Clubs and Associations there are many extended or subject specific talks and tours available, from the history of the garden to a Farm Tour, Talk and Tea.

 Tours, talks and group bookings are available to meet most group and individual requirements.  To discuss please call: 01582-721443