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The American Gardens
and Stream

Elegant and beautiful

Surrounding the Church and Shell House the American and Stream Gardens are home to some of the loveliest trees in the park dating back to the 1830’s.

The American and Stream Gardens were first laid out in the 1830’s however, at this time the public road ran directly through both. This was changed in 1843 when the road was diverted around the gardens which also enabled the church to be constructed where it stands today. 

Highlights of the American Garden include the infamous Chinese handkerchief tree (Davidia involucrata), whose large white bracts flutter amongst its foliage in May. The Indian bean tree (Catalpa bignonoides) and of course the Giant Redwoods (Sequoidendron giganteum) or Wellingtonias as they are often referred. Our National champion Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera var. contortum) puts on a spectacular display of yellow flowers and is one of only two trees of its kind on the National Tree Register. This area not only boasts many beautiful trees but also encourages moisture-loving plants such as Primulas, Hostas, ferns and the Giant Gunnera.

Large Rhododendrons, Camellias, Magnolias and Azaleas also adorn these gardens providing much needed colour in the early months of the year. Snowdrops, daffodils and hellebores also make a star appearance reaching for light when the broadleaf trees drop their leaves.


American Garden gallery

The Gardens Await

ABBA and Fleetwood Mac

Thursday – August 1st

Bohemians + K2

Thursday – August 15th

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