Leeds’ secret garden set to blossom again

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PIC: Simon Hulme
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work is underway to help Leeds’s very own secret garden bloom this summer.

York Gate, which is tucked away in north Leeds, is well-known for its distinct ‘outdoor rooms’ in the tiny treasure’s grounds.

The garden will be fully open for the season from Sunday, May 3, to coincide with the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire which finishes in the city.

Throughout the year a series of improvements are being made to help the garden blossom this summer.

Parts of the site are being replanted throughout the year and work is underway to construct a new cafe and education centre.

New head gardener Adam Bowley, who joins York Gate from the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, will oversee the development.

He said: “I am pleased to join the team at York Gate at such an exciting time.

“I am looking forward to helping preserve this wonderful garden, in keeping with Robin Spencer’s original design and its Arts and Crafts style.

“The new facilities will help us develop the garden as a visitor attraction and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors to the garden over the early May bank holiday and throughout the summer.”

A new gift shop will also be open from Sunday selling a wide range of gifts and gardening products.

Profits from the shop will go towards the horticulture trade charity Perennial, which owns and runs York Gate.

York Gate was created in the Arts and Crafts style by the Spencer family.

York Gate is open afternoons from Sunday to Thursday.

For full information about opening hours visit: www.yorkgate.org.uk