The gardens are slowly awakening and evolving after 70 years of neglect. Since we began the project it’s been a strenuous but exciting task uncovering and understanding the once grand gardens that were here, through the work carried out by our small team of dedicated staff and volunteers. The majority of the hard landscape and earth moving phase is now complete. The next stage is adding some new plants which will bring life back into the gardens. Recent developments in the gardens include the Parterre Tapestry garden and the garden in the ruin, (designed by Dan Pearson) these are the first of many new designs which are planned.
East Castle ruin design
The garden in the ruin is now open to visitors, this garden can be found inside the east Castle ruin. The garden in the ruin as a very informal layout planted with multi stemmed trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs, with climbers framing the huge gothic windows of the 18th century castle to give a sense of romantic ruination, creating an “inside out” garden.
Be part of this incredible story and support one of the largest garden renovation projects in the country by sponsoring a plant or tree.
Donations of all sizes will help to ensure Lowther Castle & Gardens continues to inspire future generations, see below for examples of how your donation could be used.
£50 - Selection of perennial plants or bulbs
£100 - Large specimen shrub or specimen tree
£200 - Rare specimen tree for the Pinetum
As part of your donation you may request a plant label showing the botanical and common plant name with a personalised dedication of up to 8 characters. For dedications of 9-25 characters there is an additional charge of £15. Anything over 25 characters requires a specialist label which can be priced on request.