SION HILL HALL – Sunday 16 June 2019

June country garden summer
H.W. Mawer Trust, Design Michael Mallaby
Sion Hill Hall, Yorkshire
Marcus Harpur


Our first plant fair at Sion Hill proved to be very popular and successful and Mr Mallaby was so pleased that he’s invited us back this year.  Described as “a masterpiece in the Neo-Georgian style” Sion Hill is one of the last pre-eminent country houses to be built in Yorkshire prior to the Great War.  The Arts & Crafts house was designed in 1912 by the renowned York architect, Walter H Brierley. It has an extraordinary garden, created over the past 17 years due to the dedication of its current Trustee, Michael Mallaby.

It’s a joy to wander through with reaching views across the River Wiske and features topiary, parterres, the Long walk and traditional kitchen garden and a centenary Rose Garden.  Michael and his gardeners have been busy planting up new areas within the garden and since my visit in the autumn, several new large topiary shapes have arrived.  They look tremendous.

The fair will be held beside the Stable Block and café and as you would expect, we shall have an amazing array of quality plants on sale from well respected plant growers and nurseries.  We have a full complement of plant nurseries attending including Dark Star Plants, Gatekeeper Nurseries, Plantazia, Garden Blooms (did you see Liz on the RHS Chatsworth programme?), Seeds To Sow, Ribblesdale Nurseries and more, and I can promise you a great day out.  Come rain, please no, or shine, yes please, we shall be there to welcome you.

The gardens are rarely open to the public and the house only for specialist groups, so why not come along on Sunday 16 June and enjoy this beautiful place.


Home made refreshments will be served from the Stable Kitchens and proceeds will go towards Kirby Wiske’s delightful church.

Admission to the gardens, grounds and plant fair £5.00.

  • Children under 14 free.  No dogs allowed on the premises.
  • Proceeds go to the H W Mawer Charitable Trust and the local parish church.
  • Open 11am – 4pm
  • Sion Hill Hall, Kirby Wiske, Thirsk YO7 4ET

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