The beautiful Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park, located in Grewelthorpe near Ripon, North Yorkshire, is a private garden open to the public for a few weeks a year between April and June and October and November. Specialising in rhododendrons, azaleas and other Himalayan plants, the gardens stretch across 20 acres. A number of sculptures are interspersed amongst the flowers, so there is always something to discover around the next corner.
The first thing that struck me on arrival was the array of colour everywhere. I’m a big fan of bright colours in gardens, so coupled with the sunshine, I was in my element. I started off with a macro lens, trying to take various shots of the plants along the path. I loved the blue Himalayan poppies and the foliage of the rhododendrons.
At the bottom of the hill, the garden opens out onto a couple of lakes. These reflect the sky beautifully and lend themselves to some panoramic photos. A pagoda and red oriental-style bridge provide interesting focal points at the end of each lake. The pagoda provides a good view point and was a restful place to stop and admire the surroundings. Many of the other visitors clearly agreed, so it took a while to get a shot without lots of people in it!
I think the joy of these gardens are that there are so many hidden elements around each turn. The sculptures are well placed, so you get a feeling of discovery when you spot one.
The Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park is a highly recommended place to visit and to take your camera. Here are a few more photos from my visit:
|Approximate post code (for sat nav)||HG4 3DA|
|Parking||There is free parking on site|
|Entrance||There is an admission fee (£7.50 at the time of writing). Please see the website for the latest details|
This is the location of the Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park, Grewelthorpe:
Notes for next time
- Come first thing in the morning
- Visit in autumn for a different perspective and colours