Palace Garden Tour With Southwell Minster’s Head Gardener, Claire Connely

Experience the beautiful Palace Gardens on this tour which includes a guided walk around the gardens, and a chance to ask questions and pick up helpful hints and tips from our Head Gardener.

The Palace Gardens and The Archbishop’s Palace

The Palace Gardens are a fantastic place to explore and discover our history through living plants. A beautiful landscape set amongst the magnificent ruins of The Archbishop’s Palace is packed with shrubs, flowering plants, mature trees and lawns. Work is underway to develop a new Physic Garden to provide visitors with the opportunity to learn more about the plants that would have been used to treat our medieval ancestors of their various maladies, from a broken heart to the plague. Garden sculptures and literature provide links to the famous ‘Leaves of Southwell’ – the 13th century carved stone leaves in the Minster’s Chapter House. The gardens encourage wildlife through the inclusion of bird boxes, insect hotels and log piles, as well as a several areas of wildflower, ensuring that our beautiful gardens are welcome to humans and wildlife alike.

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Event Details

  • Venue: The Palace Gardens