Gardens are made by a succession of generations who each re-imagine nature and our human relationship within its sanctuary. Our head gardener Janet Queen is challenged daily to bring pockets of their illusions to life through the calendar year and across our diverse garden canvas.
Head Gardener, Janet Queen, has welcomed volunteers since 2003. We are mobilising a renewed volunteer programme so that garden enthusiasts can participate. Why not find out how you can get involved as we re-imagine the Rose Castle Gardens for the 21st Century.
With 780 years of residence by the Bishops of Carlisle, we have benefited from the past enthusiasm of certain green-fingered bishops. Come and enjoy this horticultural accumulation and the leading inspiration of both Bishop Nicolson and Bishop Samuel Goodenough in particular.
Rich diversity of habitats includes twelve main garden areas which each have their own remarkable history and showcase a range of plants, textures, colours and scents. Our trees include native Oaks thought to be 300 years old, and non-native trees planted over the centuries for ornamental effect.