The Laskett

The Laskett

Uniquely Autobiographical


The Laskett is open to visitors on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April to October.

On Thursday 9 May we invite you to come and experience a sample of Spring at The Laskett through our show garden at RHS Malvern Spring Festival. Our small team of staff and volunteers will be on-hand to tell you all about the gardens (therefore The Laskett will be closed on this day).

Private visits from groups (6+) are welcome by prior arrangement. Please call 01432 805454 to discuss your visit.

Upcoming events:



Welcome to what, up until earlier on this century, was one of England’s most hidden and private gardens. Private it still remains but now it is shared more widely than ever before with visitors coming from all over the world to see one of the most remarkable and inspirational gardens in England.

The Laskett, set in the idyllic countryside of Herefordshire on the Welsh borders, are the creation of Sir Roy Strong CH and his late wife Julia Trevelyan Oman CBE. The gardens – created from a bare field – were begun in 1974 and have continued to evolve ever since. They are the creative fruit of a happy marriage between two people who were at the centre of the arts for much of the latter half of the twentieth century. That story is uniquely etched into the gardens evoking friendships and associations with people as diverse as the photographer and designer, Sir Cecil Beaton, and the choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton as well recalling artists such as John Piper and Ian Hamilton Finlay. Nor should the visitor ever forget that this is kingdom of the cat from the Lady Torte de Shell down to today’s Lettice and Perkins. All are lovingly celebrated and remembered in this four acre patch of Herefordshire soil.

“As in the Renaissance Garden, a tour around Sir Roy’s is planned as a voyage of the mind; it’s also a celebration of his and his wife’s life”…
Stephen Lacey

Explore The Laskett with our interactive map and find out the fascinating themes that run through and explain the different garden areas.

The gardens are open from April to October to pre-booked visitors. Click here for more information.

Volunteering at our gardens

Volunteers help run all of the Perennial gardens by offering their time, passion, support and skills. Our garden volunteers enhance the work of our small garden teams by helping to maintain the gardens, welcoming visitors and promoting the work of Perennial. It is a brilliant place to share your existing horticultural knowledge or learn new skills. Find out more about our volunteering opportunities.


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