a hidden gardening gem will be given a new lease of life to help it blossom this spring.
York Gate, which is tucked away in north Leeds, is well-known for its distinct ‘outdoor rooms’ in the tiny treasure’s grounds.
The green haven’s Herb Garden looks set to be replanted in the second part of a restoration project this spring.
The striking Adel garden was developed by husband and wife Frederick and Sybil Spencer, who bought the property in the 1950s when it was renowned as a working farm.
For the next four decades they designed, redesigned and nurtured the one-acre plot and it was occasionally opened to members of the public for charitable events.
When Sybil died in 1994 – 31 years after her husband – the garden was bequeathed to Perennial, the horticulturists’ charity.
Head gardener Martin Walker worked as part of Leeds City Council’s team that helped to create show gardens for the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show.
He said that the herb garden needed to be refreshed because it was aging.
He said: “The need for the refurbishment of the Herb Garden has arisen because the garden has reached an age when its plant material needs refreshing.
“The restoration needs to be done sensitively to maintain the character and structure of the Spencer’s original design.
“I often find myself asking ‘What would the Spencers have done?’ We have the added challenges of refurbishing a mature garden in what is actually quite a tiny space.”
The garden, which is often opened for charity, will be open to the public from next month.
Admission for adults is £4.50 and a season ticket costs £11.